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Question:

I have an interview at a company next week. My best friend works there and loves it, and says I’ll love working there too. I’m not so sure. I’ve researched online and come up with very little information. How can I make a good decision?

Answer:

If your best friend thinks you’ll enjoy working there, that’s a good indication. Your friend knows you and the company, and presumably won’t steer you wrong.

Themuse.com has another suggestion, though. They recommend that you come up with some very specific terms that describe you, as you function in the workplace. Think work style, rather than skills. Do you prefer to work alone, or is teambuilding your favorite thing? Do you make decisions quickly, or prefer to ponder?

When you get to the interview stage, ask two questions:

“What characteristics do people have in common who are very successful in this company?”

“What characteristics do people have in common who fail here?”

Take those answers, and compare them to the list that describes you. It should make your choice fairly clear.

 

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.