The part of the job interview where the prospective employer gives you an opportunity to ask questions is one of the most significant opportunities for you to differentiate yourself.
Here are some hints:
- Don’t ask anything you could have found on their website or with the use of your friend Google. That will come across as sloppy preparation. Know as much as possible about what the company does.
- Don’t use the interview as an opportunity to negotiate the job function, salary or possibilities of promotion.
- DO ask questions that reveal your knowledge of their company. For example: “ When researching, I noticed that your company has gone through significant growth over the last year. Do you expect that growth to continue?”
- This is the time for you to check if the job is a good fit for you. If you prefer to work on your own and the position requires you to be part of a team, you may have trouble fitting in. Ask questions that will help clarify your non-negotiable expectations.
- Use strong questions and beware of coming across as desperate or needy. If you find that you are very nervous in interviews, it can be useful to practice these questions with a friend before the day.
Examples of questions you could ask:
- What would a typical work day look like?
- What are the most important skills and qualities required for this role?
- Who would I be reporting to?
- Can you tell me a bit about the company’s culture and management style?
- Does this position offer an opportunity for growth and/ or advancement? What is the typical career path for someone in this position?
- Can you give me an example of the tasks or projects I will be working on?
- Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
- If you don’t have references in your CV, you might ask whether they would like a list of references.
- Does the organization offer development and educational opportunities such as training?
- If you offer me the position, when would l need to start?
- Does the position involve overtime, relocation, or travel?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
A few well considered questions will make a great impression.