Asking Questions In An Interview
Whether you are doing your first interview ever or you have done dozens, you should always ask the interviewer some questions too. Remember that the company must be a fit for you just as much as you must be a fit for them. Asking questions in an interview can help you determine this.
Asking questions in an interview
- Remember that you should have done your research about the company while preparing for your interview, so avoid asking questions about what the company does and who the top management is.
- Avoid asking “yes” or “no” questions. You want answers that describe something, so have questions with open-ended structures.
- Don’t ask more than one question in one go. The interviewer will likely avoid answering the more difficult questions in this way, so you might end up leaving with unanswered questions.
- Prepare about five or six questions, but only ask two or three. You can decide during your interview which of the ones you prepared will be the most relevant.
- When asking questions in an interview, don’t ask about the leave policy, salary, and other benefits during the interview. You can ask these questions after they offer you the position and before you accept.
Questions to ask the interviewer
Please tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this position.
The answer to this question will likely give you a good idea of what they expect of you in terms of handling pressure, overtime, and your duties.
How would you describe the company culture?
Although this question is a bit vague, try not to be too specific when asking. Here you would want to listen carefully to the answer, as it will give you an idea of whether the culture would be a good fit for you. Ask for examples of the most and least desirable aspects of the company culture.
Will I be mentored?
It might be relevant to know whether someone will be teaching you the detail about the position or whether you will be left to fend for yourself.
Who does this position report to?
You can also ask if you would be able to meet this person if you are offered the position. If you feel like it is important, you can also ask what kind of manager this person is and how they handle situations where employees make mistakes.
What are some of the opportunities for growth in this company?
You can also ask “How does one advance in the company?”. It’s important for you to know where your career can go when you take a new job. However, don’t mention that you want a promotion soon; it can make you seem disinterested in the relevant position and that you just want to move on to something better.