How to Interview Your Interviewer

Congratulations, you’ve landed an interview! You may be excited or nervous (or both) about the prospect of a new job. Interviews can be nerve-wracking and it’s always a good idea to prepare your answers to common questions ahead of time. But did you know you should also be preparing some questions for your interviewer? Most interviewers expect and encourage questions. It’s the best way to find out if the job will be a good fit for you.

Here are a few ways to assess your potential employer:

  • Research the campground. Make sure to visit to explore the campground before your interview. From there you can look through pictures, activities, and camper ratings, all of which give you a greater insight into what type of place you would be working. For example, if you thrive on being busy all the time you may get bored working at a small, quiet campground.
  • Be yourself. While you may be tempted to present yourself as the “perfect candidate” for the job, you also owe it to yourself to make sure the job is the right fit for you. If you pretend to be someone else and are hired because of it, you may be putting yourself in the position of not liking your new job. Nevertheless, being professional and friendly are always a good idea!
  • Ask the interviewer what they most enjoy about working at the campground. This is a good way to find out what the culture is like. Whether they are enthusiastic about their job or they can’t think of anything positive, their answer will give you some insight into the working environment.
  • Ask what a typical day will be like and what to expect with training. While most campground jobs will vary greatly day-to-day, they should still be able to give you a rundown of the job’s primary duties. They should also be able to give you a good idea of their training process. You should be able to expect a certain amount of training when starting a new job.
  • Stay away from questions regarding pay and benefits. While you should ask about details relating to the job and campground, there will be plenty of time to discuss details about pay and benefits once you are offered the job.

Good luck at your interview and happy job hunting!

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