Looking for a new job can be both an exciting and stressful time filled with uncertainty. While you probably have a lot of unanswered questions and you’re forced to let go of control as you await the right opportunity to come along at just the right time, there are steps you can take now to control your future outcome.
So, you finally saw the posting offering a job you desire, you’ve applied for the position, and you’ve now been selected to come in for an interview. “Finally,” you think. You know you can answer the questions to come as you’ve practiced with an employment specialist and you know you have the skills and experience to land the job at stake. But, are you prepared with questions of your own?
That’s right! Even if everything goes perfectly during the first part of the interview, toward the end you will likely be asked, “Do you have any questions for me?”
Even if your instinct is to say no, this is the wrong answer. You must be prepared with questions to ask in order to show continued interest in the position. And while salary is an important component as to whether or not you should accept the position, this is not one of the questions you should ask yet.
Instead, here are 7 questions you should consider asking at the end of an interview:
Ask a question related to the posting you saw that was not yet addressed.
Is there a skill or task that was not yet talked about in the original job description you saw? Then ask about it as the job description could have changed or it may not be as important to the person who is interviewing you. This is particularly true if this particular task was one that drew you to apply in the first place.
Ask about your expected schedule, especially if it’s irregular.
It’s not uncommon for jobs to have irregular schedules, but ask what that entails. Will you be expected to work on the weekend? Will you be expected to work every weekend? Will you need to be there first thing in the morning or to work the late shift more often than you anticipated? Know what the company needs before you commit to the situation.
Ask about what a regular day in the position looks like.
Even if the person who interviews you discussed the role you will be taking on and the goals you’ll need to reach, this still doesn’t outline what your schedule will look like on a daily basis. You need to understand if you will be regularly working in a team or if it’s more of an autonomous position. Will you be regularly sitting at a desk or will you be on your feet? If the position entails deliveries or moving heavy items, how often is this required? Will it be a normal part of the job or is it something that occurs once per week or even once per month. There is no correct answer, but it is an opportunity for you to understand what the company will expect from you. Like the other questions, this one will help you to better realize if this opportunity really is a best fit for you.
Ask about the expected breakdown of each assignment.
Once the interview is nearly complete, you will likely know the tasks that you will be expected to take part in. However, do you know how often each role will be needed? This question will allows you to better understand if the assignments discussed are what you can expect on a daily basis or if some assignments are more important and will take up more of your time. If you learn that one aspect of the job will take up 70% of your time, while the remainder roles will only require 30%, from there you will be more informed to make a proper decision when asked if you would like to accept the position.
Ask about potential future opportunities to grow within the company.
The company is not hiring you to take on roles beyond your skill set, so tread lightly when discussing future opportunities. However, at the right company, they will respect your desire to grow and learn and will celebrate loyalty. So, if the opportunity feels appropriate, let the company know that you are looking to grow within the company (only if that’s true) and ask if there are potentially opportunities that could arise provided you excel in the current role available.
Ask what you can do to ensure you excel in the position.
When hiring a new employee, the company wants you to succeed. If the person who is interviewing you will be your direct supervisor, than this person better than any others will know what will ensure you excel. However, regardless of whom you speak with, ask what you can do, if you are hired, that will ensure success. This will set you up for greatness if you are offered the role and show that you desire to do well.
Ask about the company culture.
Once aspect that ensures you will enjoy your new job is the company culture and no one will be able to speak to that better than the people who work there. So, ask about it. You will be able to tell quickly if the interviewer likes working with the company, regardless of what they say. So look at their body language and eye contact because you want to make sure you’re walking into a company you will enjoy working for.
While these are all questions that are likely relatable regardless of the position for which you are applying, ensure that the questions you ask are indeed relevant and that they have not yet been answered.
If you have any questions about this part of the interview, do not hesitate to reach out to an employment specialist. It’s always better to be prepared than to risk not being ready for this important moment.