You are almost there! This is your time to ask your own questions about the position for which you are applying. Interviewers are happy when job applicants have questions to ask at the end of the interview. It shows that they are interested in their business. It shows that they are ready to be part of the organization. The question is, “Do you have the right questions to ask?”
If you have the right questions to ask, they should cover the following areas:
- The position for which you are applying
- The interviewer or interviewers
- The company’s management style
- The corporate culture
- Their competitors
In this article, I will write about the questions you should have ready to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview. Let’s get started:
- Why is this position open? It is important to ask this question because you want to know why the position is open. If the interviewer is honest with you, this question will reveal the following: 1) why the position is open 2) how long it has been open. It prepares you for what is to come. While the interviewer is explaining to you, don’t interrupt. Pay intent attention to him or her for clues of what he or she is not revealing to you. The more you listen, the better for you.
- How long has this position been open? This question will reveal to you whether or not it is a position that no one wants to occupy. If the interviewer is hesitant, press for clarification. Don’t be scared to ask for clarification. If you know how long the position has been open, it gives you an opportunity to re-evaluate your decision whether or not to take the job. Because if the position has been vacant for a long period of time, it means something is not right with the department, the company, or the manager. So, do your real investigation.
- How many people have you recruited for this position in the last 2 years? Sometimes it takes up to a year before an employee is even thinking of leaving his or her position. But if in the last six months, more than two people have left the position, as I said earlier, there is something fishy here. Check before you take the position. You don’t want to get stuck in a dead-end job. You want to grow, right?
- How would you describe your ideal employee? Pay attention to what the interviewer has to say. It is better you know whether or not you are the right person for the job. This question is about fitness. It is about personality. For example, if you are a Type A person, and the interviewer is looking for a Type B person, it will not work. Even if you are hired, you will not enjoy the job.
- Is this a new position? If it is a new position, press the interviewer about the position. How is it related to other positions in the organization. Is there an employee in the house who will help you when you run into trouble? You should ask yourself if you want an existing position with a solid foundation, or a new position without a solid foundation. Be true to yourself. If you are a risk taker, then it pays to take the new position, and explore the potential.
- What am I going to be working on, on the first day? The answer or answers to this question will reveal to you if you need to check what is in your job description. It also helps you prepare for the job by assessing your strengths and weaknesses.
- When was the last employee promoted? You want to know whether or not you have the chance of making it to the next level in your career. You don’t want to get stuck in a job where you cannot grow. If you like to be in one position for a long time, then it is fine. On the contrary, if you care so much about professional growth and development, you need a place where you can grow.
- What are your expectations of the person hired for this position? The answer or answers to this question will reveal to you what precisely the interviewer is looking for. Here are top skills that employers are looking for: communication skills, leadership skills, analytical skills, decision making skills, time management skills, and emotional intelligence skills.
Make sure you ask great questions at the end of the interview. It shows that you are ready to be part of the organization. Great questions reveal more questions, not great answers.
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