• Jennifer Warren
  • Monday, May 22, 2017
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You found a dream job online, you apply for the job, the company likes your application and calls you in for an interview, all is going well and you are pretty impressed with the way you are handling yourself, then the interviewer throws you the dreaded “ do you have any questions you would like to ask me” question and suddenly all is uncomfortably silent whilst thoughts go through your head ‘ask something smart ask something smart’ and out of your mouth comes “ ummm are there any good places to eat nearby?” Although it is great knowledge to know what premises nearby suit your dietary requirements there are more pressing questions you should ask.

When going for a job interview it is really important to be prepared with questions to ask the employer. Have a think prior to the sort of information you would want and need to know so that you don’t find yourself thinking after the interview “that’s what I should of asked”

Below are a few ideas of the types of questions you could ask when prompted to do so.

1. Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?

This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this is a job you really want. By learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered.

2. What are your expectations for this role during the first 3 months 6 months 1 year etc?

Find out what your employer’s expectations are for the person in this position. As for impressing the employer with your capabilities, you might find that the future work load or hours might not be what you are after.

3. Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?

If you plan to be in this role for several years, make sure the company is growing so you can grow with the company.

4. What have you enjoyed most about working here?

This question allows the interviewer to connect with you on a more personal level, sharing his or her feelings. The answer will also give you unique insight into how satisfied people are with their jobs there. If the interviewer is pained to come up with an answer to your question, it’s a big red flag.

5. Do you offer continuing education and professional training?

This is a great positioning question, showing that you are interested in expanding your knowledge and ultimately growing with the employer.

6. Who do you think would be the ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare?

This is a really good question because it’s a quick way to figure out whether your skills align with what the company is currently looking for. If they don’t match up, then you know to walk away instead of wasting time pursuing the wrong position for yourself.

7. How would you describe the company’s culture?

This question gives you a broad view on the corporate philosophy of a company and on whether it prioritizes employee happiness.

8. What are the challenges of this position?

If the interviewer says, “There aren’t any,” you should proceed with caution.

9. What type of employee tends to succeed here? What qualities are the most important for doing well and advancing?

This question shows the interviewer that you care about your future at the company, and it will also help you decide if you are a good fit for the position.

10. Is there anyone else I need to/would like me to meet with?

If the interviewer says you have four more interviews to go, then you’ve gained a better sense of the hiring timeline.

11. Why is this position open? Is it a new position or a replacement for someone?

New position is usually good (sign that the organization is probably growing). If the job is a replacement, ask if the employee transferred to another part of the company, was promoted, or left the employer.

12. What can you tell me about this job that isn't in the description?

This is a good one to find out any duties you will be required to fulfill in the role that you were not aware of. This can save conflict down the track.

13. How is success in this job measured by the company?

This gives you a good idea of the qualities and morals of the organization and if they match with yours.

14. Who does the person in this job report to?

It is always good to know prior if you will be reporting to more than one superior, and if there is a protocol to how your reporting is done.

15. Ask if the company/organization has a mission statement and what it is?

Once again this gives you a good idea of the qualities and morals of the organization and if they match with yours.

16. What are the next steps in the interview process?

This question shows that you are eager to move forward in the process. It will also help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so you can follow up correctly.

Now keep cool, stay positive, be prepared and don’t forget to smile J