You’ve sweated over your résumé and cover letter, you’ve managed to get past the recruiter call and you finally have an interview for your dream job. Naturally, you prepare: researching the company and the role, brushing up on your own skills and experiences so you’re as ready as you can be.
However, it is crucial to remember that an interview is a two-way street. You need to get a sense of whether you’d like to work there as much as the company is trying to assess if you’re going to be a fit for the job. So, if you’re asked if you’ve got any questions, this is your chance to conduct your own mini-interview to find out a few key things that may well inform your decision to proceed or not. Here are three key things to ask..
“What is your role in the company, and how have you progressed since you joined?”
This will tell you a couple of things. If the person interviewing you has been there a while and is still in the same position, there may not be a lot of internal promotion happening. Or they may have progressed swiftly, and that’s a more promising sign for your own career path. You can also use this question as an opportunity to ask about professional development and mentoring.
“Is this a new role, or will I be replacing someone?”
If it’s a new role, you can follow up by asking what sort of resources you can expect to have and the expectations the company has for it. If you’re replacing someone, why are they leaving and how long were they incumbent? Those responses could indicate some trouble in paradise.
“Who will I report to and what teams will I be working with?”
Understanding hierarchies is one of the trickiest things to get to grips with at a new place, and every company is different. If you prefer to work in a very flat structure and you’re interviewing for a role at a company with a lot of layers of people to answer to, this might not suit your work style.
If you’re ready to go ahead and look for a new job now, then the Canadian Investor Job Board is a great starting point. Plus, we have three exciting roles to discover below.
Solution Architect, TalentMinded
The Job: The Solution Architect role requires expertise in designing and developing complex, scalable data solutions using various technologies. You’ll be part of building something new with excellent visibility across a global organization.
You’ll Need: You will have solid experience of data as a product and the systems that produce and underpin those products, including data lakes, data pipelines, governance, and analytics. Additionally, you’ll have end-to-end expertise designing, architecting, and implementing large scale data management solutions and API-driven systems in a complex multi-source, multi-product/team environment. Plus, you’ll need in-depth, hands-on expertise across a broad range of software development and data management and visualization tools, including ETL, SQL, NoSQL, Python, and AWS.
Apply Now: More information on the Solution Architect role at TalentMinded is available.
Software Developer (.Net/C#/JS), Shoplogix
The Job: Shoplogix, the world-class global IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) software company, is looking for a Software Developer (.Net/C#/JS) to work with C# / .NET and PostgreSQL deployed to AWS services. Reporting to the manager of software development, you’ll partner with the other members of the development team on new feature and module development projects, lead the design of assigned projects, and provide peer review.
Apply Now: Information on the Software Developer (.Net/C#/JS) role is available here.
Technical Solutions Architect, LifeWorks
The Job: The Technical Solutions Architect will build trust and credibility with technical and functional leaders with LifeWorks’ key clients, while collaborating with the broader sales, engineering, technical teams and other internal partners. You’ll be responsible for creating and communicating compelling technical architectures and strategies on how to best integrate LifeWorks products into the technical environments of clients, and for supporting clients and sales teams.
You’ll Need: A Bachelor’s degree in computer sciences, technology or a related field, or equivalent work experience as well as over 10 years’ of directly related, progressive work experience in influencing senior technology leaders to drive change in pre-sales, customer, or delivery focused roles.
Apply Now: Information on the Technical Solutions Architect is here.
By Kirstie McDermott
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