The job market is picking up. Companies are hiring and candidates aren’t as nervous to consider working for a new employer. The fear of being the "last one in, first one to go" is slowly diminishing as employers are aggressively seeking to fill new positions.
Before running to the alter with a new employer for promises of a higher salary or better job title, it’s important to make sure it’s a feasible long-term career opportunity. The most regrettable job decisions can be avoided by asking probing questions throughout the interview process.
Interview your future boss. Ask questions about the department. Evaluate the company culture. The culture and work environment need to match your style. You’ll be working here during most of your waking hours, so make sure you feel comfortable with the environment and the company’s values. If possible, try to interview during the busy work hours rather than early in the morning or very end of day when you can get a better sense of the environment.
Some questions to consider and why:
Lindsay Olson is a founding partner and recruiter with Paradigm Staffing, a national search firm that specializes in placing public relations and communications professionals. She blogs at LindsayOlson.com, where she discusses recruiting and job search issues.