Don’t leave the job interview without asking some of the essential questions about the position.
The job hunt can be a stressful situation and getting to the job interview stage is a big opportunity. After a long and tough search, the interview is your chance to sell yourself and get the job. But many candidates forget these interviews are a two-way street. You’re being interview for the position, but this is also when you can determine if the position is indeed a good fit. When given the chance to ask questions in the interview, take full advantage and learn as much as you can. Here are a few essential questions all candidates should be asking.
Who would I be working with?
Hopefully, you’ve done the necessary research into your position and have a sense of where it fits in the organization. But your own perception of the position could differ from the reality of how the organization runs. Understanding the structure of the organization gives you a sense of where your role in the big picture. Who will you report to? Who reports to you? What department will you be working in? How much collaboration will be involved and who will you be collaborating with? Don’t assume to know the answers to these questions on your own. They could drastically change your perception of the position.
How would you measure success in this position?
Some professionals are hesitant about such questions. They think it might sound like they are nervous about performing properly in the position. But it’s a question that helps you to hit the ground running on your first day. It also helps you better understand how you’ll be managed. Are the employers realistic with their goals? Are the goals they set appropriate for this position? Do their views matching with your ideas of the job? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to go in with as much knowledge as you can.
What do you see as the organization’s biggest struggles?
Aside from your own position, it’s good to get a sense of the organization as a whole. A delusional company would say they have nothing to improve on and no risks for the future. The types of organizations you’ll want to be a part of recognize the struggles they face. Knowing areas that can be improved allows you to consider what you could bring to the table. Bonus points if you’re able to offer your own solutions for some of their issues in the interview.
Is there anything about my qualifications that you’re questioning?
You don’t want to leave the interview with any questions still hanging — that goes for both sides. Sometimes employers are not totally upfront about how they assess you. Maybe they saw something in your resume, or heard something from a reference that makes them question how you’ll fit the position. Give them the opportunity to bring up any reservations and give yourself the opportunity to clear anything up.
What is it like working here?
It’s a simple question but one you might not consider asking. Will you enjoy working here? What’s the work culture like? Is the boss collaborative or unapproachable? A well-managed organization will be able to speak to the work environment and satisfaction of the employees. Finding work is important, but you shouldn’t have to settle for a job that you’ll be unhappy with. You have the experience, the skills and the work ethic for the job — what can the job offer you?