So, you’ve checked all of the boxes leading up to your big interview, right? You have:
- Thoroughly researched the company you’re interviewing with
- Asked for directions and practiced the travel route, ensuring timely arrival
- Decided on appropriate interview attire after researching the company culture
- Made a list of possible interview questions and rehearsed your answers
- Printed copies of your C.V. to have on hand during the interview
- Made a list of questions to ask the hiring manager before leaving
Chances are, you may have forgotten about the last item on that list. Well planned questions can convey just as much about you to the hiring manager as their responses give you. (This is a double-edged sword: Beware, he who asks “What is your policy on Pokémon Go?” during an interview.)
Not sure which questions to ask? hosco.plus has you covered.
Here are a few examples of great questions that will help you decide if the job is a good fit, as well as make you look smart and prepared during an interview.
1. Can you describe the company culture at____? What is it like to work here?
The answer will offer insight on whether the company itself is a match for what you value in a work environment. It conveys your maturity level to the hiring manager, and that you are carefully considering all aspects of a job change.
2. What are the day-to-day responsibilities for this position?
Knowing this will help you decide if you really want the job. While “Director of Field Marketing” may sound like an amazing job, finding out that it involves handing out flyers on the sidewalk in a costume four days a week may change your mind! Again, it shows the interviewer that you care about what’s essential: the actual work that you will be doing each and every day.
3. What problem will this role solve? What are the current challenges facing the company?
Knowing these answers will help you to communicate the skills you have that can help overcome challenges the company is facing—in other words, your value. It also provides you with a snapshot of larger issues within the organization.
4. What can I expect next in the interview process?
Ask this question last to display your enthusiasm for the job and to get an understanding of the overall hiring timeline, as well as what you may need to prepare for a second interview. It may also pave the way to a discussion about salary and benefits, which can be awkward to bring up during a first interview.
Remember! The more you prepare, the better you’ll sound. Practice these questions out loud with a mentor or friend so that you are confident in asking them on the day of the interview.