Many are looking for jobs in the cannabis industry so competition is tough. Asking the hard questions will demonstrate your passion as a potential hire and help you gauge whether the position and company will be the right fit for you.
The cannabis industry was growing before coronavirus, and is booming more than ever now that many are staying home.
Here are 6 questions to ask an employer during the interview:
1 . Is Your Company Licensed?
Not all companies in the cannabis industry today are licensed. While the legality of cannabis at the federal level could change, unlicensed cannabis companies can still receive cease-to-operate orders.
Working with a licensed company means you’re far less likely to lose your job because of the illegal federal status of cannabis.
2. What Would The Schedule Be For This Role?
Depending on the type of position you’re applying for, the role’s schedule could vary wildly beyond the stereotypical 9-5 work week.
Regardless of your success in any given role, it doesn’t mean much if the environment at your workplace makes you dread stepping through the doors every day.
Don’t come right out and ask what the interviewer thinks the company culture is like—ask subtler questions.
Inquiring about the management style is a great way to assess what kind of atmosphere is in place. For more details, consider asking about how the company celebrates success, how they respond to failure, and what employees typically do during their lunch break.
5. How Are Your Employees Compensated For Their Time?
This question will help you start a conversation about the role’s pay as well as the benefits that the company may offer.
Because some insurance providers won’t work with marijuana companies, it’s possible that a recruiting company will not be able to offer benefits that businesses in other industries typically provide.
Although you might not want to ask this question straight out of the gates, discussing pay and benefits is a vital conversation to have in the late stages of the interview process before accepting an offer.
6. Where Do You Think The Company Will Be In 5 Years?
The future of cannabis is promising. But with new legislation being filed daily and state regulations changing constantly, that future is not necessarily clear cut.
Asking your potential employer what they think of the future, and how they might address changes as they arise, will show you whether or not they are staying vigilant.
Having a business plan, even in an industry as dynamic as cannabis, will demonstrate a level of organization and preparation that proves the company is well-equipped for whatever shifts may ensue. This means success for them—and job security for you.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
Knowing which questions to ask an employer during the interview is a process which takes some trial and error. If there’s something you want to know, don’t be afraid to ask. Things like culture, values, politics and more are unique to each person and company, and it’s important you find the right role for your future success.