You have the questions and your interviewer need to answer. This is the point where you have a chance to take advantage.
You are making your way to land your next job, or first job and everything needs to go well. after submitting an application to a number of positions, now you have been contacted for an interview and yes you have done successfully your first step. But yes, this is the first step and the main obstacle that you need to pass lie ahead.
Now you need to knock the manager’s socks off and do something that will help you to stand out among the other candidates.
A study on 67% of employers by CareerBuilder in 2015 has shown that most candidates who go through the first phone call screening got eliminate because of the poor interview over the phone.
But don’t worry. If you have got this won’t be you. You did quality research on all the common questions that interviewer ask. If you did that you can easily handle questions coming your way. And other than these questions you must prepare some questions for the interviewer as well.
So today we have prepared a list of questions that you can ask the interviewer that will definitely leave a smile on their face.
Why these questions are important?
Candidates usually don’t ask questions during or even after the interview as these questions really show your thoughts, care, and curiosity. But it is very important to ask the right questions as it will help you to stand from other potential job candidates.
It is somehow difficult to say what questions will work for and what not so below you can find the complete list of best possible questions that you can choose from to ask the interviewer.
Questions about your colleague or future manager
- Why did you select this industry and career?
- What is your style of leadership? And what is my future manager’s style?
- What is your biggest challenge these days? And what challenges/worries keep you awake at night?
- What’s your career path looked like? Is there anything that you do differently?
- What was your biggest challenge regarding your career and how did you deal with it?
- What are the things here that made you successful?
- What communication way you prefer? In-person, phone, or email?
Questions about the job position
- What bring you to hire for this job position?
- How long the job is open?
- What are the top 3 priorities that you would like me to focus on if I am hired?
- What are the traits that a candidate must possess for this job?
- What was the person like who was previously working for this job role?
- Are you up to for someone with irrelevant experience and job skills? And would you hire and provide training for the candidate for this job?
- How are the objectives and goals set for this job?
- Would you like to tell me more about the job that is not mentioned in the job post?
- What are the reasons that could fail the person in this specific job position?
- What is the typical day here for a person in this job position here?
- What is the tough time of month or year for this person in this job position?
- How would you think that how I will grow in this specific job role?
- What is the expected start date for this job?
- I have experience working with large organizations (or non-profit, small companies). In that case, do you really think that I will be successful in a company/organization like yours?
- What is the schedule of work here? Is it set-in-stone, flexible or any other?
- Do you have any doubt regarding my qualification?
- What is the timeline to take a decision for this job position? And what is a good time for a follow-up with you?
Questions about the team
- Would you like to tell me about the team I would be working with?
- What is the biggest challenge(s) that your team faces while working with other groups? And what you do to overcome the challenge(s)?
- What are the groups and key positions that I am going to with?
- What are the personality and leadership types of those groups and people?
- What is the one biggest issue that your team is facing today?
- What is the process for approving tasks and projects within the group?
Questions about the organization
- What type of individuals is successful in your organization?
- What is your merit system like? Do you have any performance-based reward system?
- What types of reward do you give to your employees?
- What is your organization culture like?
- What is your organizations’ performance review process? And how can I participate in this process to maximize the benefits?
- When and how the feedback is given to employees?
- What type of opportunities are there in the group and company?
- What type of data and information is shared with the employees? Are profits, revenue, salary ranges, expenses, etc. shared?
- How much exposure do the employees get to the executives within the company?
- Does the company provide any educational advancement or training?
- What is the one biggest problem that the company/organization is facing today?
- What type of community service and volunteer work does your organization support?
- A number of employees that you hired in the past year?
- What is the attrition rate of your organization?
- How your company handles the generation gap that is quite prominent in today’s workplace?
- What has been the important accomplishments of the company over the time period of the past year?
- What are the organization’s plan for the latest product and services?
Be authentic while asking these questions or even giving the answers and that’s it you will be great.
Preparing these questions is as important as you prepare for the common job interview questions. You need to spend your quality time and be thoughtful with your questions and answers.
Make sure to use good judgment as to how many questions will going to be enough. If you like that the time is short and the interviewer is quite engaged with you in the discussion then keep asking the questions until the time is up and you need to stop. The minimum number of questions that you need to ask is about 3 to 5 and if there is a time you can go for more questions.
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