So you applied and got the interview for your dream job, but of course it was only after you read our last post on how to pick the right career. You’ve researched the company, picked out what you’re going to wear, and can’t wait to meet your prospective employer. But since you asked yourself all of those questions before applying for that perfect job, there are also certain questions you definitely need to ask while on your interview. Here are 5 questions I have found worth asking throughout my hunt for a job:
1.) What is the most important responsibility of the incumbent? There is nothing worse for an employer/employee relationship than when there is a disconnect between what the employer wants and what the employee wants. Asking the interviewer this questions not only shows them that you are thinking about the needs of the position but you are also already placing yourself in that position in their minds. It is also a very open-ended question that allows the interviewer to tell you about the position and you can formulate more interesting questions based on their answer.
2.) How likely is it that I will be promoted in the future? Put simply, what is the career path for this Branch Administrator position and are there other opportunities at the company that will fit my future career goals? Of course, you can eliminate a lot of the uncertainty for this question by only applying at companies you know are large enough to contain your lofty career goals. I have personally been in positions where I have worked in places that neither had no relation to my education nor provided and future career growth. For an employee, there is nothing worse than waking up to get to a job in the morning that you know has no career advancement. I believe it is the interviewer’s duty to be honest and express the true potential of the position.
3.) How would you describe the work culture/environment? Having good interpersonal skills with your boss, business unit and other coworkers is important because it affects your attitude at work. Understanding whether the current employees like to work independently or enjoy collaboration will allow you to gauge whether you will be happy there or not. I interviewed at a company that encouraged independent contribution and a few hours later interviewed at another company that looked like every office was a conference room. YOU just need to decide what works best for you.
4.) Do you have any questions/concerns about my resume or qualifications for this position? This will be your opportunity to answer any questions why you may not be in contention for this job after you shake hands and leave. Why your GPA is not as high as they would have liked. Why you only worked 6 months at your previous job.
5.) What happened to the last person who held this position? Sometimes a position is a new one and this question may be irrelevant. But if not, this question is important because it may reveal an inherent fault in the company. I have been at companies with high turnover and with today’s resources, it is not impossible to find out why that is the case. If 15 former employees have complained online about the bad management of the company within the past year, perhaps that is a problem on the part of the company and not the 15 different unique employees.
Whatever you do, make sure you are well prepared for the interview by researching the company, preparing effective questions like these, and getting a good night’s rest. After acing the interview, don’t forget to ask for contact information for ALL interviewers and giving them a strong handshake and flash that winning smile.
Make yourself stand out!