The company's attitude towards IT shows what kind of organization you'd be working for, says Bobby Knight, an SVP at IT staffing specialist Modis. Is IT viewed as a cost center or a profit center? "A more closely integrated IT department isn't viewed as overhead or a drain; it's perceived as being more effective," Knight explains. In addition, workers in cost centers tend to be seen as more expendable, especially when the economy goes south, he points out.
Follow-up: Will I have opportunities to work directly with the business lines? "Someone who understands the business side as well as the technical side makes for a more well-rounded IT professional, and is more valuable," Knight says.