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Interview questions

Do y'all have suggestions for questions that I can ask at a job interview to get an idea of the the culture of the agency and the work environment?  I need a place that isn't stuck in 1954, isn't run by someone who manages by "52 card pickup", has enough work to do (but not too much that everyone is stressed out), has enough interpersonal interaction for me, provides the necessary resources , etc.

Basically, the soft stuff that is actually really important but no one talks about.

Re: Interview questions

  • i don't think that is soft stuff at all. it is important to know what kind of environment you might be working in and if it's a good fit. i saved these from another post on this board:

     

    - How much of my work will be done in teams and how much individually?

    - What is the management style at the organization?

    - What is the most rewarding project you've worked on since you've been here?

    - What is the biggest change you've seen at the company since you started?

     


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  • Usually, you can tell if the office is stuck in 1954 just by looking around the office - taking note of the demographics, the physical environment, and other little clues (like, are people running around like chickens with their heads cut off?).

    If I walk into an interview, and all of the people interviewing me are 60+ (and mostly men) forget it.

    Also, I'd think that if they say "must be able to multi-task, and work to short deadlines" - it could be a clue that things might be a little crazy.

    What about looking into some of the smaller agencies?  I think they tend to be a little bit more organized and well run in some of the areas you mentioned.

  • image ch ch ch chia:

    What about looking into some of the smaller agencies?  I think they tend to be a little bit more organized and well run in some of the areas you mentioned.

    I WISH!!  I'm currently at one of the smallest agencies, and came from another fairly small one, and I've had the WORST luck!  

    One problem has been that the interviews are usually not anywhere near where there are actual people working.  I'd love to peek around, and upon my next job offer, I just may ask.  Life's too short to work with crappy people :-)

  • I've also asked questions like -

    What's a typical day like for someone at my level/position?

    How are assignments made?  Who decides?  Is there a program in place for apportioning work?

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    What's a typical day like for someone at my level/position?

    This is a big one I've asked.  At one company, they asked if there was anything else, and I asked if I could speak with someone who would be at my same level/position.  They obliged without batting an eye.  It was very cool.

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    image ch ch ch chia:

    What about looking into some of the smaller agencies?  I think they tend to be a little bit more organized and well run in some of the areas you mentioned.

    I WISH!!  I'm currently at one of the smallest agencies, and came from another fairly small one, and I've had the WORST luck!  

    One problem has been that the interviews are usually not anywhere near where there are actual people working.  I'd love to peek around, and upon my next job offer, I just may ask.  Life's too short to work with crappy people :-)

    Do they interview you in a conference room or something?

    We always interview people in our offices... but, I guess that would be hard if it were a cube farm.

    IMO, we spend too much time with candidates on initial interviews, parading them from office to office for interviews with multiple people.  I think it's a waste of everyone's time - we could do a better job prescreening.

     

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