A job interview is perceived by most people as an event which one attends to answer tough questions. If answered successfully, the hiring decision is likely to be positive. This then looks like a test of some sort, similar to what students undergo in colleges when they take examinations. However, a job interview is much more than a give-me-the-right-answer meeting. And while it does have the elements of an examination, job interviews are more about what candidates have to offer in terms of their passion, qualifications, and skills. Sadly though, many job seekers don't think there are other ways to convey those things apart from answering interviewer's questions. At Prime-Resume, we always advise our customers to have a list of questions to ask an interviewer. This is one of the ways to impress your prospective employer by showing that you are genuinely interested in the position and that you actually invested some time into researching background information about the opening and/or company. It is only 1 out of 6 people who gets an interview invite after all, as mentioned in the Jobvite's Recruiting Funnel Benchmark Report 2017. So investing some efforts into it pays off in the long run.
"Do You Have Any Questions?"
As the meeting comes to an end, it is highly likely you will be given a chance to ask some questions. And while some job seekers take it as a standard wrap-up procedures, other candidates gladly grasp the opportunity to further communicate their skills and qualities to a potential employer. More importantly, this is a great chance to impress your employer by demonstrating your genuine interest and knowledge in the industry. Here is the list of questions that could help you position yourself as a strong candidate who knows his/her own worth:
1. What are the qualities that are vitally important for a person to excel in the position? The answers to this kind of questions often provide valuable information which you won't find anywhere else. It should help you get to know more about the culture of the company as well as HR's expectations so that you could demonstrate that you are a perfect fit. Besides, knowing the requirements and expectations of the management is always a good thing if you seriously consider working for the company during the next 5-10 years.
2. What are the challenges I should expect facing in this role? The fact that you are asking this question means you are serious about working for the company. Interestingly enough, this one can actually help you make the decision (whether you want to work there) because the answer may reveal the challenges you will not be ready to face. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to talk about similar challenges you faced when working for your past employers - this can be reassuring to the person interviewing you. This question is a great move because it often leads to discussions about how you would approach specific challenges which can turn the entire issue into your sales pitch (if you are well-prepared obviously).
3. Where is the company headed in the next three (five, ten) years? At Prime-Resume, we like when people who want to work for our company ask this type of questions. This means they are thinking beyond their desk and list of responsibilities. After all, it is ultimately all about the company. The fact that you want to know the company's plan communicates a lot about your thinking and attitude.
4. How do you measure the success for this role? This one is really important. If you can't remember any questions to ask an interviewer, you should write this one down somewhere and carry that notebook to every interview. The answer to this question will define the accomplishments you should be after. Some job seekers may think that this information already laid out in the job description but that is not necessarily so (many HRs don't care to rewrite the old postings simply copy-pasting old job descriptions).
5. Do you have any hesitations in regard to my skills and qualifications? This is a bold questions that immediately puts you into a vulnerable position. Not just that, it actually shows you are confident enough to bring up and discuss issues like this. Most candidates prefer avoiding weaknesses with potential employers but if you are well-prepared to this situation then you can turn things around.
What Are Some Other Good Questions to Ask Interviewer?
There are many questions you can ask your interviewer. That greatly depends on the type of job you are after. If you wrap up writing your customer service resume hoping to get a position of a supervisor, you would probably focus on things that are different than those of administrative assistant jobs. The rule of a thumb is to prepare questions that will help you either understand your employer better or build a foundation for your sales pitch. The list above is quite generic as it doesn't take into account the industry you want to work within. Preferably, the questions should contain some industry-specific knowledge but in our case we just wanted to give a rough understanding how important it is to ask your interviewer some questions. Besides, even those generic ones can have a great effect during an interview meeting.