First, I would advise you to consider your values. What are you looking for in a future career? What kind of work environment are you hoping to be in? The most important thing to remember when applying for jobs is that job interviews are also your chance to interview your employer to see if they are the right fit for you.
As an accountant for a large firm, many of the standard questions didn't work for me. It's hard to describe what a day-to-day is like because there is no standard day. It's also difficult to understand company culture through explanation. In my field, the job responsibilities are fairly standard across many firms. More important to me is the people and their philosophies about work, so some of my questions when going through the process were:
- What development opportunities exist for the firm, and how does your firm invest in its employees' growth?
- What are most employees' philosophies about work-life balance? Do staff like to do social activities together after work and are there any philanthropic causes the staff commit time to? (This is also an important question for you to consider. How separate do you want your work to be from your personal life?)
- What is the company's structure for feedback?
- Other big picture questions, like how your role fits into the client service model or the company's vision.
Cole recommends the following next steps:
- Determine your values and needs from companies you will potentially work for.