It’s important to remember that a job interview is a two-way conversation; you need to extract information from your potential employer as much as they need to learn about you. While you’re practising your answers to their questions, it’s important to have a few of your own in mind. Here are the eight questions you need to ask at any job interview, according to Glassdoor.
1 What are the typical daily responsibilities of the role?
You spend the majority of your waking hours at work, so it’s important to use the job interview to get an idea of what your typical day will look like. After all, happiness comes from the small details as much as the bigger picture.
2 What are the company’s values and what characteristics do you look for in an employee to represent these values?
Company culture plays a big part in your job satisfaction. The role might sound perfect, but if the organisation’s values don’t match up with yours, there’s a possibility you won’t be happy there.
3 What’s your favourite part of working at the company?
You can tell a lot about an organisation by asking for your interviewer’s opinion during the job interview. If the answer comes to them easily and they’re enthusiastic, that’s a good sign. If not, try to dig a bit deeper.
4 What does success look like in this role, and how do you measure it?
This question not only shows you’re eager to prove yourself, but also lets you know exactly what is expected of you. What are the key performance indicators? How often is your activity reviewed?
5 Are there opportunities for professional development? If so what do they look like?
These days most people decide to switch jobs in search of growth opportunities, so be sure to scope out chances to train and learn new skills in your role. If the company doesn’t offer a development programme, you’ll probably find yourself getting bored and looking for another job within a year.
6 Who will I be working closely with?
Try to get names and job titles with this question so you can get a feel for the calibre of people you’ll be working with; it’s a good idea to research them on LinkedIn too to find out what their career development has looked like.
7 What are the most challenging aspects of the role?
Use your job interview to get a feel for the difficult aspects of the role as well as the good. If the interviewers are truthful and some of the problems seem a bit too much it gives you the chance to think long and hard about whether it’s the right job for you – but don’t let them intimidate you with their answers.
8 Is there anything about my background or CV that makes you think I’m not the right fit for this role?
This gives you the chance to address any concerns the employer has while showing that you’re serious about your candidacy.
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