Most of us have given some thought around what questions we can expect to be asked during interviews, and if you are sensible, you probably will have done some research on the matter, and have some good answers lined up, for those questions that tend to rear their heads during most interviews.
However have you thought about what questions you should be asking?
The majority of interviewers will at some stage during the course of the interview, ask you if you have any questions. It is very important for you to be able to ask some intelligent relevant questions. Not only will it give you the opportunity to find out more about the role, company etc, but the type of questions you ask are also quite telling about what type of person you are, and can give a fair amount away in terms of your values, priorities etc. For this reason, the questions that you ask are very important, and will weigh heavily in the companies ultimate decision as to whether they are going to hire you, or not.
Always remember that the bottom line is that an interview should be about what you can give to the company, and not what you can get out of the company, so always keep this in mind when putting together a list of possible questions.
Below is a list of some relevant, good questions that you can ask:
- What qualities would the perfect candidate possess for this position?
- What are the day to day responsibilities of this job?
- What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this job?
- What are the most immediate challenges of this position that would need to be addressed first?
- What is the company’s management style, and what type of employee fits best with it?
- How would you envision this position supporting you?
- What do you like most about working for this company?
- What is the overall structure of the company, and how does this department fit into the structure?
- Why did this position become available?
- What are the main projects that the successful candidate will be involved in?
- Is there anything that you are unclear on with regards to my suitability for this position?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
You should avoid asking any questions about salary and benefits, unless the interviewer brings it up. Rather save these questions for the offer stage of the process, once the interviewer has already established what type of person you are. It is important that you do not create an impression that you are more concerned about your own needs, than the companies.
Below is a list of questions that you should avoid for your first interview:
- How much leave will I get?
- What are the hours?
- How many hours will I be expected to work each week? And will I work weekends?
- How much can I expect to get paid in bonuses?
- How often do reviews occur?
- What are the perks of working for this company?
- May I arrive early or leave late as long as I get my hours in?
- Can I work from home?
- Did I get the job?
The bottom line is, when asking questions in an interview, always ensure you ask questions that focus on the needs of the interviewer and company, and not just your own needs. By doing this, you are showing that you have the company’s best interests at heart.