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Worried you’ll regret your new job? Ask these 2 questions during the interview

By | Jennifer Liu |

It’s one thing to realize a job isn’t right for you during the interview process, but quite another to find out on your first day.

Unfortunately, it’s not that uncommon: 72% of young workers say they’ve taken a new job and felt a sense of surprise or regret that the role wasn’t what they were told to expect, according to a survey of 2,500 millennial and Gen Z jobseekers from The Muse.

This so-called “shift shock” could get worse during the pandemic, says The Muse founder and CEO Kathryn Minshew. Recruiters are desperate to fill talent gaps quickly, and it’s harder for candidates to gauge company culture without visiting the office or seeing everyone in one place.

So, Minshew says it’s more important than ever for job-seekers to own the interview process and make sure the job and company are a good fit.

In early interviews, she recommends keeping things general and asking the recruiter: How would you describe the culture and work experience here?

Further on, ask for more specifics. Minshew’s favorite strategy is pairing questions to get at the good and bad: Can you tell me one or two of your favorite things about the work environment here, and then one or two things that might be challenges or frustrations I should know about before joining the team?

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