After months of searching, you’ve finally landed an interview for the job of your dreams. You’ve chosen your wardrobe, researched the company so you can intelligently discuss the issues, and thought through questions you may be asked.
At the end of most job interviews, you’re asked a seemingly innocuous, open-ended question: “Do you have any questions for me?”
One obvious mistake is not asking anything at all, which shows that you haven’t given any serious thought to the possibility of employment at this particular organization and missing a key part of your preparation – the part that may win you the job.
Don’t be afraid to ask a couple of questions. However, some of these questions are better asked after a second interview when it looks like an offer may be coming. Tip Avoid “It’s all about me” questions.
The employer should, and will typically, provide an opportunity for you to ask questions at or near the end of the interview.
Below a list of Interview Questions to Ask the Employer. in no particular order.
Personal understanding questions:
- How would you describe the company’s culture and leadership philosophy?
- What do you consider to be your firm’s most important assets?
- What are the other team members like?
- What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years?
- What are the company’s core business goals?
- How would you describe the atmosphere in this company?
- How do you see the future for this industry?
- What are the three biggest challenges I would face in the first 3-6 months? The question itself tells the interviewer you’re serious about the job and want to succeed. Knowing what the immediate challenges would be for the job will help you determine if this is a job you can – and want to – perform effectively, and whether doing so will help establish you as a strong player.
- What are the possibilities of using my languages?
- Can you please show me some examples of projects that I’d be working on?
- What are some examples of the decisions I could make in this job? What is the degree of autonomy and control I would have in this position?
- What specific qualities and skills are you looking for in the job candidate?
- Is this a new position, or did someone leave? If someone left, why did they leave or what did they go on to do?
- What would you say are the three most important skills needed to excel in this position?
- What do you expect me to accomplish in the first two to three months?
- What training and progression opportunities are there?
- What kind of induction or training programme will I complete when I begin the job?
- Will the organisation support ongoing study?
- Will there be opportunities for increased responsibility and broader experience?
- Is there a periodic employee appraisal or performance review? How is this organised?
- It is possible to switch job functions – how often does this happen?
What do you love most about working here?
Finally, May I have your business card? Ask each interviewer for a business card and then you will be able to send them a thank you note.
Be sure to put your questions in writing so you do not forget them after a long interview. It is also a good idea to put the questions in priority order. This ensures that, if you run out of time, you have gotten to the more important ones. In general, good questions prove you’ve done your homework. They show you’re not just concerned about yourself, but that you’ve given some thought to the future of the company.
What questions do you ask in a job interview?