When going into a job interview, most of us prepare to answer the tough questions and perfect our answers to the dreaded “tell me about yourself”. However, the end of the process is just as important as the beginning. When the end of the interview comes along and the interviewer asks if you have any questions, many people hesitate to ask questions about the company and position, but bringing up these topics can show that you are thoughtful, eager, and interested. Here are five must-ask questions to start that dialogue:
About the position
It is always important to be informed about the company and the position you’re applying for beforehand; however, this is an opportunity to learn why there is actually a position available. Was the previous employee let go, promoted, or is it a new role? These questions help you understand what the position entails and how it was previously handled. Another crucial question to ask is if there has been a high turnover rate. It might mean that you might not keep the job for long, even if you succeed, but this depends on the company and industry. For example, a high turnover rate at a retail store might be normal but it usually isn’t normal at a corporate office.
What is success?
While discussing the position, ask the interviewer what it takes to succeed in this role. Know what it takes and you will be much better equipped if you are offered the job. The interviewer might describe what past employees did, outlining successful and ineffective methods that were used. Asking about the first task you will be managing in this role may also provide some insight. This can help you determine whether or not you will be able to complete the goals set by the company and if you are comfortable with the responsibilities of this position.
Asking about company culture can help when making a decision if the company offers you a job. The company’s values and goals can speak volumes about whether it will be a good fit for you. If the interviewer has little to say, this might imply that the company is not an enjoyable place to work. Many times, they’ll try to say that working at the company is like family but does that mean you’ll be subject to hearing gossip everyday or does that mean that everyone feels like they’re part of the community? Usually, the interviewer brings up the company’s values during the interview but if they don’t, I like to ask why they chose to join or stay at this company depending on how long they’ve been working there.
You may be hesitant to ask questions regarding your qualifications and any gaps in your resume, but it can be an opportunity to address them and play up your strengths. By clarifying issues before the company makes a decision, your answer can persuade them. Talking about your qualifications also shows confidence and that you are willing to be trained. Companies look for potential employees who can be molded and trained to fit the company’s needs. At the end of the interview, I always ask if they have any feedback for me. I think this show’s them that I’m always looking to improve and want to learn. If nothing else, I know what to do better next time!
Next Steps After The Interview
As your interview comes to a close, don’t be afraid to ask what to expect next in the process. Be sure to ask about the timeline of the hiring process and tell them you are looking forward to the next steps of the interview process. This will show the interviewer that you are eager and attentive. It can also give you a better idea of how you performed during the interview.
Although the interviewer will be gauging if you are a good fit for the company, you need to gauge if you will do well. Ask questions that let you know you would be supported and in an environment where you can be successful.
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