Yes you read the title right. This essay today will deal with a very special topic- what questions to ask your interviewer. All along we have discussed quite a few things about interviewing etiquette with you, the type of dress code you should follow, the body language you should adhere to, signs your interview is going absolutely to hell and many other things. Today we are going on a different tangent altogether and address one unique issue : Some questions you should ask your interviewer.
If you recall, we have mentioned in our numerous interview articles that asking meaningful and relevant questions is important. This helps you discover more useful information about the company. It also helps you uncover some truths about the job. As you might have heard before, gathering all the necessary information when applying to a new job, is mandatory. It helps you refrain from committing a lot of unnecessary mistakes and saves you a world of pain and worry when you begin your stint at the company. So without any further delay, we will move on to top 6 most important questions you should definitely be asking the interviewer:
Vacancy Or A New Position ? : This is a trick question, designed to find out, whether this position is a recurring one. If you get to know that this particular position has had many candidates who were all temporary, this will act as a warning sign to you. This either means- this position will be contractual with zero security, some kind of turnover is going on in the firm.
What qualities would an ideal candidate vying for this position have ? : This is an insightful question. Through this you will get to learn more about what specific qualities the company expects from an employee. You also get to know something about the company culture and you can make your own notes on how to adjust yourself and how to develop the qualities most desired by the company.
What are the Day to Day Responsibilities of this Job ?: This one is a no brainer. Though this question, you will get to know about the necessary skills you need to survive and thrive in this position. Moreover you will be able to ascertain the most important question : Am I a right fit for this job?
What are the Biggest Challenges I ‘ll be facing while on this job ? Every job has its pitfalls, every job its difficulties. It’s always better to get an idea about them This way you will be more prepared. Rushing headlong into something unprepared is always unadvised.
What Would Count as Successful Turnover ?: This will immediately reflect your enthusiasm and leadership acumen. A regular run of the mill candidate will generally stop with the 3rd question, but you have to show that you have leadership acumen, and are willing to do more than the bare minimum. Bright, inquisitive and dynamic candidates are always valued by the company.
What are the problems the Company is facing at the moment, and will I be able to help in any way ? Problem analysis and solving quality is a quality which all companies hold dear in an employee, asking this question shows two things- you have initiative and you have problem solving aptitude, which will make you a very good candidate in the employer’s eye.