So you have been invited for a job interview, and you are extremely excited that you are a step closer to getting your dream job. Before you get overly excited, remember that your performance during the interview can make or mar your chances of getting the job. So, it is important to prepare ahead of time to face your potential employer.
As you prepare to answer questions from your potential employer, also prepare questions to fire back at them. Research shows that employers are more willing to hire interviewees that asked questions during job interviews.
An interview is a two-way street; your interviewers expect you to ask questions about the job position, your boss, and the company in general. Asking questions demonstrates your interest in the job and the fact that you’ve done a lot of homework about the organization. Plus, it guarantees the employers that you are the best fit for the job. Please note that the opportunity to ask questions normally comes at the end of the interview.
So what are the questions to ask to really demonstrate that you are the right candidate for the job? In this article, we have put together 8 smart questions you should fire at your potential employers to get them considering you as the candidate to beat.
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Without further ado, let’s walk you through how to go about these questions:
1). Can you explain to me about the day-to-day activities of the job position?
Employers are usually impressed whenever interviewees seek to know more about the job position they are hunting for. Asking this question will create an opportunity for you to learn more about the job position and also open up possibilities to determine whether or not it is the kind of job you want to do. Plus, it will enable you to determine the skill sets required to successfully carry out the day-to-day activities.
2). What are the most important qualities for me to succeed in this role?
Do you really want to get that dream job? Then consider asking this question. Firing this question at your potential employers can elicit more information that was not in the job description. Plus, it can help you learn more about the company’s expectations and cultural ethics. What’s more? Your employer’s response may even propel you to acquire more skill sets and thus makes you exceptional among your colleagues if eventually, you land the job.
3). What are your expectations for the first one year on the job?
Ask to know your potential employer’s expectations for the job role you applied for during the first 90 days, 180 days, and one year.
4). Ask your interviewers to describe the culture of the company
Research shows that job applicants who sought to know about an organization’s culture were more comfortable and successful in their job roles than their colleagues who didn’t bother to find out about the company’s culture. So, it is important to find out the company’s culture so as to decide whether or not the job is meant for you.
5). What are the company’s plans for the next five years?
If you desire to work in that company for several years, it is pertinent to find out their growth prospects. Having this information handy will enable you to plan and grow alongside the company.
6). Who are your top competitors, and why?
Before you head to the interview venue, it is important to have a list of the company’s major competitors. However, it is still useful to ask your interviewers for their thoughts on what they are currently doing to beat their competitors. The interviewers, at this point, will give you an insight into the company’s marketing strategies.
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7). What are the company’s biggest challenges right now?
Do you want your interviewers to see you as the perfect fit for the job? Here is the deal; ask to know about the current challenges bedeviling the company. Their response would give you an insight into the trends and issues rocking the industry and perhaps open up opportunities for you to leverage your skills to save the day.
8). What are the next steps in the interview process?
Asking your interviewers this question suggests that you are eager to proceed to the next stage of the recruitment process. Plus, it will help you know the timeline of the recruitment process and give you an edge over other candidates.
During a job interview, don’t ask questions relating to your benefits or salaries just yet. Wait until it is time to negotiate your salary with the hiring manager.
And that would be it! Please use the comment box below to share your job interview experiences with us. We would be glad to hear from you.