Another Top 10 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview
Whether or not you read the Top 10 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview, you will find these questions invaluable as you go to your first, or your hundredth job interview. Want to know why having prepared questions for your interviewer is important? Then go back to Part One. Or trust us, and be prepared to ask a few of these questions:
1. What types of individuals tend to succeed at this organization? Do you notice a certain type that advances in the company?
This question demonstrates to the interviewer that you want to grow in the organization. If the description sounds like you, then you can be more certain that this might be a good fit for you.
2. How do supervisors at this organization help team members develop professionally?
This question shows that you have ambitions to develop within the company. It demonstrates that you are looking long-term, and may reassure an employer that is worried about staff turnover.
3. Will I have an opportunity to meet those who would be part of my staff and/or my supervisor during the interview process?
Getting the chance to meet with team members or managers is an essential part of a professional interview process. If this is not already a part of it, be sure it is permitted if you ask. Otherwise, proceed with caution.
4. How is success evaluated here?
This question will allow you to evaluate a) what it would take to advance in your career at this organization; b) if the employer’s values align with yours; and, c) if there are clear and transparent processes in place at the organization.
5. What are some of the challenges your company faces? How are these being addressed?
Asking about challenges within a company starts a deeper conversation with your interviewer. The answers will give you a window into his or her personality and will give you an idea of the corporate culture and mood.
6. Is this a new position? If not, why is the position being vacated?
This question demonstrates that you are doing your due diligence about the position. The answer will tell you about turn-over and opportunity for advancement, as well as potentially give you a window into your interviewer’s personality.
A follow-up question might be the next one.
7. What’s your staff turnover rate. If it is high, what are you doing to reduce it?
This question shows that you are looking at this position with the company for the long-term. It may give you some insight into corporate culture as well.
8. Is there any additional information I can provide to help you make your decision?
This simple question shows enthusiasm and eagerness but with polish and attention to detail.
9. Is there anything we haven’t covered that you think is important to know about working here?
This is a good wrap-up question that allows the interviewer to reveal any important details that may have been overlooked.
10. Will I hear back from you either way?
Follow this question up with a statement about your desire to get feedback on the interview. This demonstrates a willingness to learn from constructive criticism.
Going to the interview with prepared questions is a must. Not only does it show initiative, it allows you and your interviewer to extend the conversation and find out more about each other.