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The Interview Question You Should Be Asking
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

You might be the one in the interviewee's seat but the interviewer isn't the only person who should be asking questions. You're expected to have some input, too, and it shouldn't be a matter of how much you'll be making. 

If you think about what's most important about working at any company is really about what you role is or what your opportunities are advancement? Yes, that may be part of it but it isn't the root of it.

The question that you aren't asking, and neither are many others, but should be is whether their workers are happyMany people don't take that into consideration because they don't find it relevant but there couldn't be a more relevant question.

You might think that work isn't about being happy, it's about getting a paycheck. But how long--and how well--will you be able to do that job if you're sacrificing your happiness on a daily basis?

Obviously, the interviewer is representing the company and is obligated to do so as positively as possible so he or she is more than likely to sugar coat some things. Granted, an honest question still deserves an honest answer. No matter what they tell you, it's all about what comes off as believable.

The company could be a great one, but if you'll be working under someone who's miserable it could all cancel out. By asking interviewers whether they are happy at their job can tell you a lot about what working there will truly be like. Even if it might not be clear in their answers, pay attention to their body language as well.

If they have to think about their response and an immediate smile doesn't follow--well, you can make a pretty good guess there. You can't expect someone to openly admit that they aren't happy at their job, especially an interviewer, but the truth will in some form or another come out. If you can tell that someone is truly happy at his or her work, then that's a good sign that you'll be happy there too.