Career Quote of the Day
In this post, we are going to provide some tips when it comes to asking questions in job interviews. Asking questions shows your interest, intellect and helps build rapport with the hiring manager. Asking the right question at the right time can help you seal the deal for the job opportunity. However, if done improperly questions can have the opposite effect. I can recall instances when a strong candidate was bypassed due to the poor use of questions. Below are some tips and examples of qood questions to ask in your next interview.
Wait for the Right Time and Come Prepared:
It is important to ask the interviewer questions when it is appropriate. In most interviews, the hiring manager sets some time aside at the end of the interview for you to ask some questions. This is when you should be prepared to ask some well thought out questions. I advise candidates to prepare a list of questions to ask that they can pull out. Preparing a list of questions ensures you do not forget under the pressure of an interview. Trust me, I have seen many candidates who freeze and “blank out” due to nerves. Also by pulling out a list of questions, you impress the hiring manager by showing him/her that you have actually taken the time out to thoughtfully write down your questions. This shows heart, real interest and depending on your questions can show your intelligence.
Now, good interviewers understand that an interview is a two-way street. Experienced interviewers understand the value in giving candidates ample time to ask questions about the job, company and so forth. Good interviewers recognize the big decision a candidate makes when considering joining their company. But not all interviewers were made equal. So before the interview begins let the interviewer know you have some questions and ask him/her when a good time is to cover these question. Or if the interview ends before your questions are answered make arrangements with the interviewer to follow up.
Good Questions to Ask
As mentioned, a good question should show your interest, intelligence and help you build rapport with the interviewer. Here is a list of qood questions to ask in your next interview.
What are the current challenges that face the department?
What are the immediate top priorities of this position?
What are the long-term objectives for this position?
How would success look like for this position?
What is your ideal candidate?
Describe a typical day in the office.
Can you describe the work environment for this position?
Describe the work culture and philosophy of the organization.
How did you get into your field?
What attracted you to this employer?
What do you like best an least about working this employer?
What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of this employer?
What are the next steps in terms of time lines and process for filling this position?
Assuming I was successful in this posting, can you tell me more about who I will be working with/for?
What is the management style of my manager/upper management?
What do you see as the greatest opportunities for improvement in this area that I hope to join?
What challenges might I face in carrying out my responsibilities for this position?
Can you tell me more about my direct reports?
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