I am looking for a new job. One of the things that is very important to me is how I will get along with the team. I am passionate and am always technically challenging myself. I am looking for a job where I have enough autonomy and a lot of challenge. However I also expect that I have co-workers who are technically engaged and with whom I can share my ideas.
A passage in Land the Tech Job You Love describes my feelings very well:
Technical challenges from one's co-workers can also be an important part of job satisfaction. I've talked with many dissatisfied people who complain with this: "I hate being the smartest person in the place."
How can I rate employers on my future work-environment with my colleagues? I have thought about the following options:
- Assume that if there is match with the technical lead in the interview that I will also fit in the rest of the team.
- This is something to evaluate in the first month of your new job.
- Ask to meet your co-workers during the interview.
- Ask specific questions during the interview about your future colleagues.
Is there an accepted way to find out if you like your future co-workers or is it always a bit of a gamble when you finally start working at your new company?