Remember that when being interviewed, it’s an opportunityfor you to interview the hirer, the company, the values and the culture.
Splitting these up into sub-sections can be helpful inidentifying what you want to learn, how to structure the questions and what itis you want to know in relation to various aspects of the job and the company.
Some of the sub-sections you make want to consider are:
Role responsibilities andExpectations
Questions about the Company
- Role Responsibilities and Expectations
If the correspondence surrounding responsibilities orexpectations have been vague or you want to learn more, these questions canhelp you make a furthered informed decision on workplace responsibilities.
What are the responsibilities and daily tasks expectedwithin this role?
Asking in person can help give a detailed explanationpast the job spec of what the day will really be filled with.
Are there any specific challenges within this role?
This can help give you a better understanding of themajor parts of the role and challenging tasks that come with it.
What qualities do you think are important for success withinthis role?
A good way to understand if those are qualities you haveand if you can align yourself with what is expected.
What is the typical career path/is there an opportunity forcareer growth?
What are your personal goals? Finding out if the companyoffer avenues in which you can grow and progress your career is worth knowingif that’s what you want to do.
What is expected from the successful candidate within thefirst 3 months?
This will further show what tasks from the role and inwhat time constraints you’ll be required to work.
How will you measure success in this role?
If the job doesn’t have obvious success measures, knowing what to focus on, if progression is your goal, is worth knowing.
2. Questions about the Company
These questions can help bridge any gaps in knowledge you’vepreviously researched and a chance to find out company knowledge from anemployee who is likely to know more than what is presented online.
What are the company goals within the next 5 years?
If one of your goals is to stay with a company for aprolonged period, then understanding the business plans for growth can help youdecide whether they align with your vision of professional development.
What do you think are the biggest opportunities/weakness’facing the department/company?
A currently topical question considering continualuncertain political environments. This kind of question will offer insight ondepartment/company focus.
Consider if there are any uncertainties or missing links in your own company research, anything you would want to know more about and ask in the interview.
3. Company Culture
Company culture and values have become a key factor in the decision-makingprocess in recent years. With employees valuing the importance of a positive culture,values, morals and practices.
Could you describe the company culture?
A way to understand the culture as viewed by anemployee/director to help you assess whether you would fit in.
How would you describe the working company culture?
Differing slightly from the overall culture. A companymay have a very social aspect but when working, a very conservative attitude.Some offices are very flexible and open whereas some are very structured andtraditional. It’s good to know whether the culture aligns with your personalworking style.
Does the company organise or plan social events/is the teamsocial?
If the social aspect is important, ask at the interview. Is this an aspect the company organises or encourages? It can be a useful question in understanding the type of social and working relationships.
4. Interview Performance
What are the next stages and timeline of the interviewingprocess?
This will not only show your eagerness but also give youan idea of what to expect if your successful.
If you’re interviewing for a sales position, we recommend asking:
From what you’ve seen today is their anything you’re unsureabout?
This shows a straightforward attitude, your interest inthe role and personal feedback. It also allows an opportunity to overturn anyobjections the interviewer may have suggested.
Is there anything else you would like me to clarify about myqualifications or experience?
This offers the hirer a chance to remove potential confusionor go over anything they may have forgotten.
Choose questions that are appropriate for your role, thecompany and what is relevant.
Remember that it is usually considered inappropriate to askabout salary and benefits until the final stage. Doing so can show that yourprimary motivation is money and not the job, even if it is, it’s best to waitto finalise this.
Prepare a range of questions, that way if some are answeredthrough your interview you have a back-up. Aim to avoid obvious questions withsimple answers, it can make you appear that you perhaps weren’t payingattention or are unable to work out simplicities.
Finally, ensure your questions are concise and clear and avoid answering or over-explaining the question. You don’t want to appear as if your waffling or uncertain. Also, Good Luck!