Finding the Right Employer: 6 Interview Questions

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Company Challenges

What's the greatest challenge your company has faced? How did you overcome it?

Everyone loves to talk about achievements in an interview — employers included — but you'll learn more from the company's struggles than you ever could its successes. How an organization behaves and operates when the chips are down is a true testament of character. Ask these two hand-in-hand questions later in the interview process, ideally to a CEO or other executive, after you've gotten a sense of the culture.

Ku admits this question once caught him off guard in an interview. It's a great question because it asks for complete transparency about the company's mistakes. Just as you'll be expected to learn from failure, your employer should as well.

Like Goldilocks, finding a job that's just right can be a challenge. It takes a lot of work to find the right balance between doing something we really love, making enough money to support our desired lifestyle, having enough challenge and reward to keep us engaged, and managing our work and home lives to create a healthy balance. Finding the right employer can go a long way toward fulfilling these ideals, but how do you go about that in the brief time you have during an interview?

According to Gene Ku, founder and chairman of Mobovida, writing for Glassdoor, choosing the right company starts with asking the right questions. In this slideshow, we've featured the six questions Ku recommends you bring to your next interview.


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