It is easy to forget that an interview is a two way process and as the one being interviewed, there is a tendency not to prepare questions to ask the interviewer. However, it is vital that you do this as it will show you have a genuine interest in the role and the organisation. If you don’t ask anything, it looks like all you are doing is going through the motions. In most cases, the interviewer will invite you to ask questions at the end of the interview. The standard questions are around the salary or starting date, however, it is a good idea to try and think outside the box and cover areas which will be beneficial to you and will reiterate your interest. These are some important areas you might want to ask questions around during your job interview.
It is important that you know what the culture of the organisation is as it may not suit you and what you are looking for. For example, the culture of an organisation could be team oriented, or it could be more focused on individual actions and goals. Some people prefer to have constant support from management, while others like to be left alone to get on with their work. A company may focus on employee engagement and developing employees, while others may not have anything in place for open communication with employees or opportunities to progress. There are many elements which can make up the culture of a business and it is important that you understand what this is and whether it fits in with your own needs and values.
Challenges of the Role
Within any role, there are bound to be some challenges and by asking about this during your interview, you will show that you have a keen interest in finding out more about the role. It will also show that you are considering the different elements of the job and what you might be able to achieve from it.
Most employers, at least those who are forward thinking, will want employees who are looking to develop within the organisation. If you ask about development during the interview, you will show that you are not just looking for a job to tide you over, but instead, that you want to grow and develop within the business. This is a very attractive quality for most employers.
Another important question to ask is the structure of the business and where you would fit in. For instance; you may want to ask who you report to and the departments you will be dealing with. This will not only give you a clearer idea of how the business runs, but will also show the interviewer that you have an interest in the business.
Measurement of Success
You may also want to ask how the organisation measures success. For example, annual appraisals, profit and loss etc. It is good to have a clear understanding of what is expected from you and this also shows that you are keen to be successful in the role.
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