Job interviews can be nerve-wrecking experience for even the most confident professional. There’s a feeling of self-consciousness when your skills and qualifications are being assessed. And yet many people forget that job interviews are a two-way street. Yes, you are trying to sell yourself to the position, but they should also be selling the position to you.
Even if you’ve endured a long and frustrating job search and would jump at the chance for a job offer, you also know your worth as a professional and don’t want to settle for something below your standards. Asking your own questions in an interview is a great way to judge whether or not this position is right for you. It’s not rude or pushy, it’s smart tactics for ensuring this job is the right fit.
Don’t leave your next job interview without asking these 5 questions.
Who would I be working with?
Hopefully you’ll have done plenty of research going into the interview and that could give you a pretty good idea of where your position would fit in the whole scheme of the organization. But your perspective on it could differ significantly from the employer’s structuring of things. 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? The answers to these questions could really change how you see this position.
How would you measure success in this position?
Some may want to avoid such a question because they think it makes them seem worried about their performance in this position. But it’s a question that let’s the employer know you want to hit the ground running with this job. The answer is also important for your own knowledge. What is expected of you? Are the employers being unrealistic with their goals? Are the goals they set wrong for this position?
What do you see as the biggest struggles for this organization?
Again, some may see this question as being too forward, but for most reasonable employers, they would respect such questions. A delusional company would say they have nothing to improve on and no risks for the future, but the types of organizations you’ll want to be a part of recognize the struggles they face. Knowing what those struggles are gives you a sense of the organization and allows you the opportunity 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 want to be sure you don’t 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 in the position. Give them the opportunity to bring up any reservations they might have as well as give you the opportunity to clear anything up.
What is it like working here?
It’s a simple question but one that you might not consider asking right away. Will you enjoy working here? What’s the work culture like? Is the boss collaborative or unapproachable? You should know what you’re getting yourself into and it’s the type of environment you can see yourself enjoying and thriving within. 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 does this job have for you?
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