3 Ways to Get to Know an Organization During the Screening Process

July 11th, 2014

When interviewing at a company, the hiring manager isn’t the only one with a big decision to make ─ you also have to choose whether you want to work for the organization. It’s important to try to find out as much as you can about what daily life at the company is like, so you don’t find yourself miserable after accepting the position. It’s never a good feeling to realize a few weeks into the job that you’ve made the wrong choice.

3 Ways to Get to Know an Organization During the Hiring Process

Want to know what it will be like to work for a company you’re interviewing at? Use these three tips to find out:

  1. Ask the Interviewer Why They Enjoy Their Job: One easy way to find out whether you’ll enjoy working for the company is to find out why the interview does ─ or does not. If they can easily list a number of reasons why they enjoy being employed by the organization, take this as a sign that it’s a great place to work. However, if they hesitate and seem to have a difficult time coming up with any specific benefits of being employed by the company, you may want to think twice about accepting an offer.
  2. Find Out Why the Job is Available: Inquiring about the previous employee who held the position may be more telling than you realize. If the person left the job because they were promoted, take this as a great sign that the company recognizes good talent and hires from within. However, if the person quit after a short time on the job, this may be an indication that working conditions aren’t great.
  3. Closely Observe the Hiring Process: Pay close attention to seemingly little things, such as how quickly the hiring manager returns your messages. A hiring manager who responds to your messages in a timely manner, likely has it all together. Conversely, if you’re having trouble getting in touch with the organization and never know what the next step is, the company is likely a chaotic place to work.


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