The majority of interviews end the same way with the interview asking, ‘Do you have any questions for me?” Before any job interview, it is common practice to browse the Internet looking for questions you may be asked . This is good, as it helps you be prepared to answer questions. However, if you are really interested in the job, you should also spend time on on more thing. Research job interview questions to ask the interviewers before accepting any job offer.
Remember they are buying your time and you are buying their work environment and career opportunities. Asking the interviewer good questions shows your interest. The answers will help you gauge whether this is the right kind of job for you. It helps you decide if it meets your test for such things as career advancement or work life balance. Here are 5 questions to ask an interviewer before you accept the job.
What kind of training and continued education do I expect?
With this job interview question, you would be able to cover two topics at the same time. You will have a sense about the readiness and skills training that you would receive before and while you do the job. In addition you would also send the message to the interviewers that you have a serious desire to learn.
Can you share names of people I would be working with and can I meet them?
While this could be a difficult question for an entry level professional to ask, this question would help you in the long run. Many seasoned professionals ask this question during the interviews as this helps them get the idea on how to bond and communicate with the people with whom they are going to spend about 40 hours a week. In one meeting you may not be able to gauge the whole personality of the individual, but still you would be able to gain insight into certain personality traits of some of your peers and a bit about the culture of the organization.
What are the key to be successful at this position?
Another question that shows you are not just there to work, but to deliver performance as well. Also, by asking this question, you would develop a fair idea about what would be required out of you to be considered successful at work. Is it working 80 hours a week? Is it meeting quotas? Find out before you start. Through the answer you would be able to map out your own path to be successful in this company.
Why have you been working here so long?
This is one of my favorite job interview questions. This is one question that may surprise your interviewer, but do not forget to ask this question. From the response you would be able to get the firsthand account of benefits of working in that company. Insights from an insiders perspective about the reasons to join and stay at the company are invaluable.
What should be the top priority for a new employee in this role for the first three months?
Even before you attend any onboarding/training the answer to this question can give you tremendous leverage to a quick start in your career. You would be able to understand your focus areas for this role. If you learn something that would be difficult for you to manage, you may want to consider if it is the right job. If you find this to be your cup of tea, you would get a head start to prepare the action plan that you would be following for the first three months.
Asking job interview questions to the interviewer is something that one should do during the course of an interview. If you do not say anything to the inevitable “Do you have any question for me?” you would miss out on key insights about the company and the job. You would also be sending a subtle message that you are not very interested in the role. Both of these outcomes could impact the decision of the interviewer. Be confident when you ask the question and pay attention to the answers. It will pay off in the long run and help you make a better decision.