A job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience (hello sweaty armpits, uncontrolled stutter or, even worse, a waterfall of words). To find out as much as possible about the company that offers the job, don’t expect the employer to ask all the questions: bring along a few smart ones of your own! Get noticed for the right reasons and when the inevitable ‘do you have any questions for us?’ comes up, you’re ready to turn the tables.
But what to ask? Here are six clever questions to go over with your future employer.
1. ‘What would my typical day look like?’
From a practical point of view, this is a very interesting question. What kind of meetings will you be in? What different departments will you work with? Your work may vary from day to day, but by asking a question like this, you’re able to discover what you’ll actually be doing on a day to day basis. Pretty vital for you to get an idea if the job will suit you or not. Keep in mind though that you’ll probably get a description that is a bit more entertaining than your average work day.
2. ‘What qualities do you think are essential within this function?’
Well-prepared? Check. Genuinely interested? Check. This is the time to make clear you’re qualified for the job. Exaggerate some of your strong points and explain when you think they will come in handy.
3. ‘How do you see this position change over the coming years?’
By answering this, you’ll hopefully get an idea of the growth opportunities within this job. It’s a simple way to determine whether the job fits your ambitions. At the same time you show you’re thinking about long-term goals.
4. ‘What are the common career paths in this department?’
This is a follow up on the question above. See what others before you have done and ask about projects they did or goals they reached within the position will give you an idea what your possibilities will be.
5. ‘How has the company changed since you joined?’
This is what we call a win-win situation. You create a more informal atmosphere and get to know the person across the table a little bit better. In the meanwhile, you obtain vital information about the company and get to know the direction it is headed.
6. ‘What is the follow-up procedure like?’
Do not hesitate to ask this question! After all, you don’t want to be sitting, waiting, wishing and refreshing your incoming emails every ten minutes. What’s the waiting period? Is the selection handled by email or phone? This question shows you’re eager for the job and enthusiastic to embark upon this new adventure.
Happy job hunting!