While it's true you can never be completely sure about how well you'll adjust to working with a new boss, company or team until you've actually started working, asking probing and strategic questions during the interview process is one of the easiest ways to gather useful intel about potential opportunities.
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Every part of the interview process can feel tenuous. Here are a few thoughts I've had during interviews which I'm willing to bet have crossed your mind at some point, too: If I wear the wrong outfit to the first interview, I'll get made fun of relentlessly. If I say something stupid during my final interview, the jig will be up -- and nobody will ever hire me. And if my references don't come through with glowing reviews, all the hard work I've done to get to this stage will be wasted.
You know you're nearing the final stretch of an interview process (and that it's looking good for you) when a potential employer asks for references. If you're not prepared, though, you might be left scrambling at the last minute to find a good reference. Who do you ask and what's the best way to reach out?
Asking about tough topics like workplace equality can be tough during a job interview. You want to do everything you can to make the interview go well, but you also need to know if a company's culture is right for you. FairyGodboss can help you scope out potential employers through the reviews left by other women who work or have worked at the companies you're considering.
We’ve provided a swathe of interview advice for job seekers in the past, but the people doing the hiring need to brush up on their interview skills as well. Professional recruitment firm Hays has a few pearls of wisdom to share with interviewers.