5 Questions To Ask At An Interview
So you have just confirmed an interview for a position that you have had your eye on for a while now. It offers interesting work opportunities and you can envision yourself being happy with the change of job environment, along with the new roles and responsibilities. The only barrier, the interview.
Apart from just having good answers and being a good fit for the job, asking questions at the end of an interview can significantly increase your hiring chances. Not to mention, it is also an opportunity for you to see if you are indeed a good fit for the company and if the role meets your personal expectations. To help, we have compiled a list of 5 intelligent questions that you should ask at the end of the interview.
“Is this a new position?”
You want to find out if this is a new position or if you would be a replacement - for good reason. If the answer is the former, probe into what your role exactly is, who you would be working with and possible projects you would be expected to handle. This will allow you to gather more in-depth information about the job itself rather than just having a general view.
If the answer is the latter, you should then ask a follow up question to find out why the previous employee left. Is it because of the company's culture? Work-life imbalance? Office politics? By just asking this question, it will give you telltale signs of the company’s culture, work ethos, happiness level of the employees and rough age group of the team.
“What does a typical workday look like?”
This allows you to learn more about the role itself and the team’s culture. Because of this, you will learn the nitty gritty of the job’s nature which can also lead to more questions on subjects that were not previously covered.
“What is the first thing that I should accomplish during my probation period?”
It would give you an insight to what the prospective boss expects of you, and on the other hand gives you an idea on what problems or projects you should tackle first - if offered the role.
“How does career progression look like for someone in this role?”
This shows future planning, which is good because it shows your prospective boss that you are serious about pursuing the role. On the flip side, it gives you a good look into your future career progression - should you intend to stay in this job for the long haul.
“What is the next step?”
It will show that you are genuinely interested to move things along quickly, and excited about the prospect of the job. By asking this question they would also most likely tell you how many others have applied and window of time to expect a callback.
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