613 - Destigmatizing Tough Questions

Episode: 613

Episode Title: Destigmatizing Tough Questions

Do you feel comfortable asking tough questions about a potential employer’s financials and past layoffs? Here’s why you should, next on The Perna Syndicate.


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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—thanks for dropping by! While a job interview offers an employer a chance to ask questions and assess if a candidate will be a good fit, the reverse is also true. It’s an opportunity for candidates to see if the company is right for them.


If you’re on the hunt for a new job, you’ll want to go into an interview prepared with a list of questions to help you assess the company—and how ready they are for a recession.


You might ask questions like: 

  • What has the company’s retention rate been over the past year? 
  • How has the company been communicating to current employees about job security? 
  • Have they done layoffs in the past and, if so, how have they handled them? 
  • And, how has the company been meeting employees’ needs based on inflation, flexibility, and benefits that are important to them?


We need to de-stigmatize these types of tough questions. It’s normal to want this information, because any new job can bring a fear of the unknown, and will have an impact on the candidate’s life. 


This is truer than ever with a potential recession on the horizon. Interviewers should expect these questions—and be ready to answer them honestly. 


Tomorrow: What’s your backup plan if your job is not quite as secure as you’d like? We’ll talk about that and more on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. Take care, and we’ll see you then!

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