The interview stage is nerve racking for most people. You have to put your best foot forward and hope the whole process goes well in a step to get that job you’ve been looking for.
As much as you are there to answer questions from the interviewer or panel, it’s also an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions.
You need to understand that, an interview is a two-way street. The company wants someone to solve their problems and you are there to convince them of that fact. You are also there to find out if the company is the right fit for you and if it’s the right environment you want to work in.
In this post, we’ll discuss four key questions you need to ask in an interview to give you a better insight into the company, employees and working practises. It will help you form your opinion of whether it’s the place you want to commit yourself to for a period of months or years.
1. What do you like about working for the company?
This is an opportunity for you to find out if the company is a place you want to work in. How they answer the question should either excite or scare you. This will be a glimpse of how employees feel about working for the company and you should ask yourself if it’s a company you want to work for.
2. What do you like about your job?
They say most people hate their jobs but there is always a part of the job you enjoy. See which part of the job they focus on and if that brings a smile to their face. If the answer to this question is filled with negativity, then it might be a red flag.
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3. What do you find challenging in your role?
This is a chance to understand the challenges you might have to deal with yourself if you are successful in the interview process. Some of the challenges might present an opportunity for you to add value and propose new processes. Others might just be worrying enough for you to consider other options.
4. Where do you see yourself one year from now?
This question gives you a future view of the company and employee development. There might be new projects in the pipeline or company changes that will provide better opportunities for growth. You also get a feel of if employees are stagnating in their roles with no future aspirations.
Asking questions within an interview is a must. Don’t attend an interview without preparing at least 4 questions. No matter how well or poor the interview has gone, asking questions at the end allows you the opportunity to interview the interviewer. The tables turn and you are now in charge and don’t be shy about asking follow up questions to get better understanding.
If you have any clever questions you ask in interviews, feel free to share in the comments below.