You may have spent most of your interview preparations researching your potential employer’s company, learning their bio and history off by heart and perfecting your speech on why you want to work from them. As daunting as it may be, interviews are often a two-way street and can give you the chance to ask for a more in depth description of the position and the work environment.
Not having questions prepared could have the employer assuming you are not prepared or interested. But what questions are the best to ask?
Here is what we recommend:
- Describe the culture of the company.
This helps you evaluate whether you would be a good fit for the dynamic and culture within the environment, ensuring you will be amongst individuals with a common interest/ age group etc.
- Where do you think the company will be in the next 5 years?
If it’s a long-term role you are after, you want to make sure the company is growing so that you can grow too. New divisions and branches could mean internal promotions and more senior positions to aim for.
- What are the biggest challenges facing the company/ department?
You can uncover issues or current problems that you could help solve with your experience and skill. If you are hired, you can work on these issues straight away which would make a good impression.
- Do you have a policy for helping new members of the team get on board?
A new position can seem less scary if you know there is a dedicated person ready to help ease you in. Online training/ guides and handbooks/ induction days are also useful if you are aware of them or could be given pointers as to what you should start looking into prior to starting.
- How soon can I expect a call if I am shortlisted?
Useful to know if you are interviewing for other roles but will also make you sound keen to start.
- Is there any advice you would give to someone who is about to start this role?
This is the best opportunity to get the most practical advice should you get the position. It gives you a head start and may clarify what to avoid.
Equally, some questions to avoid:
- How long are smoking breaks?
- What does the company do?
- Can I book my holiday as soon as possible?
- Do you pay me overtime if I choose to do it?