5 Kinds of Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
The interview is nearing its end and your interviewer wraps up by asking you, ”Do you have any questions?” What would you say then? In every interview, there is always a segment where you are allowed to ask questions to your interviewer and clarify any queries that you have about the job, the company, and the people working there. This time presents an opportunity for you to show your interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the company and the job.
Asking questions related to the job not only allows you to show interest, it also helps you to understand what the company needs are even more, and ultimately helps you to evaluate your career options better, regardless of whether you get offered the job. With more insights to specific areas of careers that you are looking at, you can make more well-informed choices.
It is ideal to be prepared with questions before you go for an interview. Here are 5 questions that you can ask your interviewer to understand the job and the company’s needs better:
What does your day at work look like?
This question helps you to understand what a day in the life of your interviewer is like at work. This is especially important to ask if your interviewer is the manager or direct supervisor of the team you will join. Understanding how his or her work operates can give you insight to daily tasks, as well as how you can support your manager or supervisor better.
You can also gain insight to the work processes and structures in place and understand how you can carry out your responsibilities better. For example, if there are regular meetings, in the afternoon, you would be able to better prepare for these meetings in the morning and complete all your tasks before then. You can also modify the question to ask about a day in the life of an employee in the role that you applied for. Such questions not only help you to show that you want to find out more about the job and work processes, it also helps you to understand what your interviewer expects of you better.
What are the career progression and growth opportunities here?
Understanding career progression opportunities in the company is important for you to make informed decisions. By asking this question, you are allowing your interviewer to share with you more about the ways that you can go up the corporate ladder in the company, and see whether you see yourself in that position in the next few years. For example, in future, you might be able to take on a mentorship position where you can manage and train your own team.
Furthermore, you can also understand better the kinds of opportunities in the company that will help you to grow in your career, and the kinds of training that will help you to reach certain milestones in your career journey. Having good career progression and growth opportunities matter. It helps you to see how you can value-add to the company in the long run. Remember to stay informed by asking more about the opportunities available.
What is the company culture like?
Asking about the company culture helps to see if you are a good fit for the company, and if the culture resonates with you. It also helps your interviewer see that you are interested to know about the people at work and the environment. If you are a very sociable person that enjoys building relationships with others, a company that has a close-knit group of colleagues that celebrates company milestones together may appeal to you. If healthy living is something that matters to you and a company really embraces this as well, then you might be more inclined to work there as their values are in line with yours. For example, colleagues going to play sports to bond together might be something that you would enjoy as you embrace healthy living and work-life balance.
Understanding a company culture matters as you might be staying in your next job for the long haul. It is important to see whether the company’s values, reflected in its culture, resonates with your values as well.
What is the team’s working style?
Finding out if your working style clicks with your future team members’ working style is important as you need to understand how the team dynamics work in the company. What kind of working styles do your colleagues/manager prefer? If a lot of communication, clarifications, and interactions are required, would this create an environment that you would be comfortable to work in? If greater independence is required among team members and less interaction is ideal, would this be something that resonates with you as well? Understanding your future colleagues’ way of working, as well as your own, can help you to see if you are truly a good fit in the company, or if you would need to adjust your working style and the way that you worked in your previous firm.
Furthermore, understanding your future boss/manager also helps you to cooperate with him or her better. It is important to know the things that will cause your boss/manager further complexities and frustrations and avoid doing things that might make them feel exhausted from work. If your manager prefers that you ask him or her questions all at once, for example, it would be ideal if you could compile all your questions before approaching your manager. Asking about the working style of your boss/manager can help you understand how to work with him or her better in future.
Industry specific question
You can ask your interviewer questions specific to the industry the company operates in. Before the interview, it would be good to update yourself with current news and latest trends about the industry, and ask relevant questions on how industry happenings have been affecting the company, and if it has any impact on the job that you have applied for. For example, if you are applying for a position in an airlines company, you can ask about how the pandemic has affected the industry, and if it has affected work processes in any way. Such questions help you to have a better idea of the industry landscape and operations at work.
As you prepare for your next interview, it is important to do your research on the industry, the company, and the job so that you do not ask questions that your interviewer would expect you to know. Instead of asking questions about job scope that would already be in the job description, you can ask questions that show that you are genuinely interested in the company’s workings, questions that will show how you can value-add to the company better.
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