Job interviews are already so stressful and then we find out that we need to ask questions in order to impress the interviewer. Wait, what? Who decided this was a thing? Well, I’m sorry to say, it’s necessary.
Job interviews don’t need to be one-sided. The interviewer is figuring out if you’re a fit for their corporation, and you should be figuring out if the job is actually right for you! If you don’t ask any questions about the position and/or company you may find yourself a year down the line realizing that this position wasn’t right for you. Asking questions can help you to avoid this completely.
When you ask questions during a job interview it shows the interviewer that you took the time to do your research and you actually care about their time! By the time you reach the end of the interview, you’ve probably built a relationship with the interviewer and if you ask questions they’re going to remember you more than the next guy.
I’ll always remember my first ever job interview. I was 16 years old, had no idea that anyone asked their interviewer questions and when the moment happened where the HR manager looked at me and said “do you have any questions for me?”, I froze. I said nothing because I wasn’t expecting it. I was unprepared and I didn’t know what to do.
Thankfully, it was a part-time minimum wage job and I landed it anyway, phew. It’s not that easy when you’re 25+ and people expect you to be prepared.
I suggest you choose 4 or 5 of your favourite questions to come prepared with. If you only prepare one or two you may be setting yourself up for failure if the questions were answered throughout the course of the interview. Here’s a list of my 10 favourite questions to ask at the end of a job interview that will help you really get a feel of whether or not the company is a good fit for you.
10 Questions to ask at the end of a Job Interview!
What do you like most about working here?
An amazing way to build a relationship with your interviewer is to ask them questions about themselves. If you ask them what they like most about working at the company they’re going to tell you the best parts of the corporation and while doing so they’re going to show you a little more about them! People really do love to talk about themselves and this will help the interviewer to remember you and give you a better chance of landing the job.
When you ask about the best parts of the company it will give you a glimpse into the company culture and the way things are run. If you notice that it takes the interviewer a minute to come up with something you should see this as a serious red flag. This means that they aren’t 100% in love with the company and they had to put real thought into what they don’t hate about it.
How will I be evaluated during my probationary period?
The human brain is a complicated place. When you ask the interviewer a question that makes them think about what life will be like when you have the job it does a weird thing that makes them imagine what it would be like if you worked there. It’s going to bring your into the front of the interviewer’s mind and will trick them into imagining you working there!
It’s also a great question to ask because there’s a chance you won’t do well at that company because of the way you’re evaluated. Every person is different and if you’re evaluated in a way that doesn’t work for you, the job may end up being a bad match for you.
What are the main priorities of this position?
Oftentimes job postings are created with a giant list of job priorities and no one really knows which ones are the top priority when they apply. You may apply for a job because 5/10 of the priorities are things that you’re amazing at and can really excel at, but the other 5 may be the important parts of the position that you can’t get excited for.
Asking which priorities are most important is great because it’ll make sure that you can be excited about the position every day when you go in. It’ll help narrow down the tasks that you’ll be doing on a day-to-day basis.
What are the biggest challenges of this position?
You really want to spend an interview familiarizing yourself with the position and seeing if it’s really for you. A job interview is a 2-way street! You’re being interviewed but you’re also being given the opportunity to interview them about the position.
Knowing the biggest challenges you’ll be faced with day-to-day can help prepare you for the kinds of road bumps you’ll see when you actually start. Also, when asking about the daily challenges you’ll be given an opportunity to throw in some more anecdotal evidence of why you’re great for the job.
Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?
Asking about the interviewers hesitations is going to make you look so good. There are so many people that walk into a job interview like they’re the king of the castle and they’re better than the rest of the applicants. If you should the interviewer that you’re open for feedback during the interview it will boost their confidence in your ability to take and improve from criticism.
What kind of training will be provided for this position?
Interviewers want to make sure you’re serious about the job and learning about the training before you’re even hired is a great way to show them this. It also gives you an opportunity to discuss your best learning styles with the human resource team and modify any training that you think would not be beneficial to you!
Who will be my direct supervisor?
This is another question that is going to show the interviewer that you’re super interest in the position. Asking about your supervisor may also prompt the interviewer to introduce you to them allowing you to get a peek into who you’d be working for. There is a chance that you’ll meet your direct supervisor and hate them! It’s a lot easier to just not take the job now than it would be to quit later.
Does this company offer opportunities for future personal development?
Nobody wants to work in a position where there is no opportunity for growth. You want to make sure that you will be offered chances to grow individually and with the company. Asking this question will show the interviewer that you are focused on improving your qualifications for the position as well!
Can you tell me about the company culture here?
Asking about the company culture is going to give you insight that you wouldn’t be able to get from a website. This will show you if your values match up with those of the company and if the company is really going to be a good fit for you. There is nothing worse than starting up a new job only to find that you don’t mind the work, but you and the culture are not aligned.
What are my next steps?
Before leaving an interview you really want to know where to go from here. Are they going to call you tomorrow? In a week? Will there be a second round of interviews? How long should it be before you get worried that you didn’t get the job!? These are all things you’ll be wondering if you don’t ask about next steps before you walk out that door.
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