Not every employer you have an interview with is the right fit for you. Sure, they may show interest in you, but it doesn’t mean it has to be reciprocated. Many job seekers fall into the trap of being interested in and willing to take the job just because a company has communicated interest.

how to tell if an employer is competent during an interview

Even though it’s tempting to take a job because it is available, you still need to perform your due diligence and ensure the employer is someone you want to work for. It is important for you to use any job interview to see if an employer is a good place to work. One way to determine this is by assessing the management skills of the company managers and employees you meet with during the recruiting process.

Sometimes management will pretend to be competent during an interview as a way to recruit you. Here are 3 ways to tell if an employer has competent management skills during a job interview. Ask these questions to confirm it before you get hired:


1. How Does the Employer Communicate?

Strong, clear, and honest communications are a must. You need an employer who communicates clearly and regularly to employees. Pay attention to how a potential employer communicates with you. Are they thorough? Do they keep you in the loop? How responsive are they to your calls or emails? It’s also important to pay attention to their tone and how they communicate with other members of the organization.

2. What Is the Organization’s Vision?

It should go without saying that you want to work for a company that has a future. You want to know where the company is going and how your role and career will play out as the years go by. Strong organizations have a clear vision. They will be able to articulate the short- and long-term goals of the company. Use the interview to ask about the company vision and professional development opportunities that could be available to you.

3. Do the Company Values Align With Your Personal Beliefs?

Company values are important to consider. Ideally, you will work for a company that shares similar core values to yours. If a manager or employer has values that you question, you could find yourself in a situation where you are asked to compromise your integrity. Companies with competent management skills have a defined mission and values.

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Tanya Schwartz Toronto Recruiter

Tanya Schwartz

Tanya is a Senior Director, Client Services, with more than 20 years of experience headhunting across numerous industry sectors, including Fashion, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Administration, Retail, and Sales Recruitment. Her broad and lengthy track record of experience makes her a go-to partner for searches across all industries.

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