As all savvy job seekers are well aware, the interview is a two-way street. The best ones are dialogues, not just question and answer periods when one person does all the asking and the other person does all the answering. Naturally, it’s an interviewer’s job to ask his/her candidate’s pertinent questions. He/she must be able to assess both the talent level and sincere interest in the type of work the role offers.
Candidates have a lot of assessing to do as well. To demonstrate your verve for the jobs you’re being interviewed for, you must come equipped with questions of your own. This shows you’re not just interested in getting any job, but you genuinely care about the successes of the companies you’d like to work for. By asking certain questions, you’ll get yourself a lot closer to getting the job you want!
Here are three questions you should definitely ask your interviewer during your job interview:
1. Can you describe the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
This question appears at the top of many lists regarding this topic from industry experts. It only makes sense, doesn’t it? It’s wise for you to get a good grasp of exactly what is expected of you once you secure the job you’re interviewing for. By asking this question, you’ll gain insight into whether or not the job is truly for you. And, perhaps more importantly, it will show your interviewer you’re serious about being able to handle the responsibilities.
“This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this is a job you really want,” agrees Pamela Skillings on BigInterview.com, “By learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered.”
2. What characteristics that represent your company’s values do you look for in an employee?
Any reader of the Hire Value Inc. Blog is well aware of our insistence on focusing on company culture. A good interviewer doesn’t just detect strong skills, but also understands the importance of finding candidates who will mesh well within his/her company’s culture. This question shows you care about company culture and wish to help it blossom and grow within the organization you’re interviewing with.
“Dig deep to get more information on company culture,” insists Caroline Gray on Glassdoor.com, “You’ll get insight into what is most important for the company as a whole, and what it values in the individuals who work there.”
3. How do you measure the success of the person in this position?
You want to be successful. You want the company to be successful. And you certainly want your interviewer to know just how dedicated you are to those successes. It’s a great idea to know exactly what is necessary to thrive in this position. Asking this question demonstrates your interest in more than just landing a job – you are projecting yourself into the role.
“It’s crucial to have a deep understanding of how a company measures success,” says Gray, “What are the key performance indicators (KPIs) for the role? How, and how often, are they measured?”