“So, do you have any questions for us?”. That little question is asked towards the end of every job interview. Some hiring managers are so organized that they will have already covered every question you thought of during the meeting.
To avoid a complete panic situation that puts you on the spot, read on for some great questions you can save for a rainy day and use to nail your next job interview.
#1 Could you please describe what a typical day in the role may look like?
This is a great question to ask in any job interview because sometimes you can have a picture in your mind of what a job would be like, but that is so far from reality.
In addition, unfortunately, some job advertisements or titles can be confusing or misleading, so it’s important to find out as soon as possible whether you’d be happy performing those duties day after day.
#2 What are the biggest challenges in this role?
Much like the question above, asking about the biggest challenges you are likely to face can provide you with an invaluable insight as to what your daily life within the business will look like.
The answer provided by the hiring manager can indicate your suitability for the company.
#3 Are there any future opportunities for growth and advancement?
Whilst being promoted may be seen as largely about money, the recognition that comes with it is the key.
Finding a job in a company where you are supported and encouraged to learn and grow can be a great way to keep engaged and passionate about your career.
When you ask this question, you will be hoping to hear about professional learning opportunities and regular performance and salary reviews.
#4 How would you describe the company’s values?
The values of a company can dictate how life will be in that environment.
It is so important to find the right company that has an ethos and set of values that align with who you are, that you will have no issue aligning your words and actions to.
#5 When can I expect to hear from you?
The entire job application process can be a rollercoaster ride, especially when it’s a company or job you are particularly excited about.
When you have dedicated your time to crafting the perfect resume and cover letter, and have made the effort to prepare for and attend a job interview, it’s only natural that you are keen to know the outcome.
Job interviews can be one of the most stressful situations, so waiting around for notification afterward only adds to the torment. The more drawn out the process, the more days you have to spend daydreaming about your future at the company.
So, there you have it. Hopefully, you can walk confidently into your next job interview armed with some thoughtful and original questions.
The answers you receive will tell you everything you need to know about your potential employees.