This interview question can be quite sensitive. It all depends on in which state you find the organization. Have they recently gone through major changes? Are they suffering the aftermaths of major layoffs? Even if you know that morale is low and the situation is dire, this question may still be justified. It is sensitive, but can still provide you with useful information in your job hunt. The question can also just as well be used in an organization that has great morale. The second question part of the question also aims to ensure that you find out why the current state is where it is.
Evaluate Current Morale: This question will show you if the organization is full of people that work hard or only disgruntled grunts. The attitude of others employed in the organization will definitely have an impact on you. Ask the interview question and find out what the current standing is to then better evaluate this opportunity.
Evaluate Management Challenge: If you will have people reporting to you in this new position, you need to make sure that they are working in a healthy environment. Otherwise you need to consider this when you accept the job. Low morale can impact the goals of your team and should therefore be considered at least when you agree to goals and measurements.
Evaluate Chance to Improve Situation: Asking the interviewer why the company is in the current state is an essential part of this question. You want to find out if the company knows about their current state. If their answer matches your picture of the current situation, then at least they are aware of the current situation. Being aware of the current state or humble enough to admit that one does not know is the first step to improving it.
Being Successful in the Role: If you are extended an offer and accept, you will need to be productive within this working environment. This interview question can help you better prepare for the future role. Knowing the current state of morale is essential if you intend to be productive.
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