For a job seeker, the interview process can be stressful. Whether you’re meeting with a hiring manager or recruiter in a video format or in person, being prepared is the key to success. And that includes having a few well-thought-out questions to ask your potential employer. Because after all, you’re also interviewing them!
Do your research about the company, re-read the job description, check out the company on LinkedIn – then formulate questions that will show your interviewer that you’re the right candidate to hire. Here are a few suggestions:
1. What Are the Day to Day Expectations?
Job descriptions often are simply marketing jargon used to peak interest in a position – and sometimes the specific requirements are neglected. Asking this question helps you determine what you’re going to be doing and what’s expected of you. Human Resources professionals and hiring managers expect and respect these questions. Asking them to explain the job requirements in detail shows you care about the position, like to know all the facts before making a decision, and have the courage to ask the difficult questions.
2. “Tell Me More About the Company”
Discussing job expectations is important, but you still need to understand the company before taking on the job. Learn about who you’re working for. Make sure you have a basic knowledge of the company first, and only ask questions when the answers are not easily found online.
3. “Where do you See the Company in Five Years?”
We all want stability, and the hiring manager’s answer will serve to tell you just how stable the company is. Who wants to work for an organization that will lay off team members in the near future? Asking this question also tells the hiring manager you care about the company and want to build a lasting relationship. Hiring managers are looking to hire long-term candidates willing to stick around for more than a couple of years.
4. “Describe the Culture”
Hiring managers are more than happy to expound on the qualities and happiness of their team members. Ask detailed questions about the type of people you’ll work with, but don’t focus too much on personalities. The hiring manager may assume you’re only comfortable with like-minded individuals. Find out whether you’ll work in a team or as an individual contributor.
5. “What are the Next Steps?”
Asking about the next steps in the interview process shows that you’re optimistic and want the job. Human Resources and hiring managers appreciate a good sense of self-esteem. Just don’t seem too eager – you don’t want to seem desperate. Asking about the next steps also helps with determining the follow-up protocols and prevents you from worrying whether it’s too soon to check back.
For a candidate, landing a job interview means being prepared to answer questions – and asking some questions of your own. While the above includes prime examples of topics to ask an interviewer, it by no means represents an exhaustive list. Use them as a guide as you think more about the opportunity, the company, and what you’re looking for in your next role.
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