You did it! You got an interview invitation. Now it’s time to start thinking about preparation, especially what questions you’re going to ask. Interviewing is not only an opportunity for you to share yourself, but to learn about the company you’re interviewing with. It can sometimes be challenging coming up with questions that will get right to the point of what you’re looking for, especially if what you’re trying to evaluate is company culture.
Getting a read on company culture means it’s important to craft thoughtful, well-worded questions that will really get to the answers you’re looking for about a company’s culture. Here are a few tips for creating questions that will really get down to the heart of things.
Company culture is sometimes an elusive thing to get a full picture on, and it should be noted that during an interview is certainly not the only time you can investigate a company’s cultural landscape. Chatting with friends, mentors, or connections who work or have worked at a company is a great way to more intimately understand the details of what it’s really like working there. It’s also worth looking into the company’s website, seeing if they have a blog, what their online presence looks like on various social media sites, etc. It’s hard to ever really get a full picture of a company’s culture before actually working there yourself, but with these questions and other research techniques you can be off to a great start.
Maddy is a coding bootcamp graduate and software engineer. She graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Genetics, and also has a background in nonprofit work. Having created a career transition into tech for herself, she is passionate about teaching others and facilitating their growth in tech.