6 Important Questions To Ask In A Job Interview
At the very end of almost every job interview, recruiters are likely to ask you whether you’ve got any questions. This moment can be tricky. If you think that by answering negatively, you seem well-informed and in no need for further information, you’re wrong. This answer might send a message that you’re not interested or enthusiastic enough about the position. Asking the right questions, you can not only find out more about company culture and see whether it’s a good match, but also make a positive impression on employers as someone qualified for the job.
Here are six important questions to ask in a job interview to improve your chances of getting hired.
1. What do you consider success at this position?
This question is a sign of your passion, showing that you’re interested in becoming successful. The answer will help you realize how to go ahead and whether the strategy matches your professional expectations.
2. What experiences and skills characterize an ideal candidate?
After such a question, the interviewer will be forced to put all their cards on the table and provide you with a thorough explanation of who is it that the employer is really looking for. If he or she mentions a skill or qualification that hasn’t come up before, this is your chance to strike and remind them why you’re a great candidate.
3. Does the company offer training and education options?
This question shows your drive towards learning, which is an invaluable quality in a candidate. It also demonstrates your willingness to expand your knowledge and literally grow with the employer.
4. Was this position filled before or is it new?
Asking this question will give you lots of clues about the workings of the company. If someone held this positions before, their story will help you to understand whether advancement is part of the deal for this position.
5. What are the company’s plans for growth?
Don’t ask this question in a vacuum, but always add an observation or two that reflects the extensive research you conducted before showing up on the interview. You’ll have a chance to impress the interviewer with your knowledge about the company and learn what its plans for expansion are. Knowing where the employer is headed is crucial – you can decide whether you want to jump on board or not.
6. What is the next step in the recruitment process?
A perfect wrapping up question. This inquiry shows that you’re aware of the complexities of recruitment and want to have a clear idea about what to expect. It’s also a sign that you’re interested in moving along the process, and that you’re essentially enthusiastic about the position, which is always good. Sometimes, the interviewer might even tell you how many people are competing against you for this position.
Job interviews usually put you on spot – don’t crumble under stress and pressure, but use this occasion to learn more about the employer, assess whether this is the right professional opportunity and show the best version of you by asking relevant and appropriate questions.
About the Author
Monique Craig is a passionate blogger and marketing specialist who works for Oneflare, an online marketplace which connects customers with local service providers.