At some point during your job interview, the interviewer will ask, “Do you have any questions? “And it’s better to have them.
Not asking for anything is a sign that you are not particularly interested in the role or the company, and will usually destroy any chance you had of getting the job. But you need to ask the right questions. Don’t ask questions about what the position may offer you. Try to learn more about the position and the organization, and how you can fit in and contribute to it. Are you nervous about all this? Don’t worry about it. Here are 11 smart questions to ask your interviewer.
First of all, don’t ask:
- How many days off would I get? You’ll find out if the job is offered to you.
- What’s the salary? Same reason as the previous question.
- What exactly does this company do?
- Can I take a nap during the working day?
- How many days notice do you need if I want to resign?
You understand the spirit.
So, what should you ask instead? Start with:
What market/audience do you want to reach?
This is the best question to ask, because every company has problems with one or more target markets that it cannot quite reach. If you can contribute in this area, you are probably a prime candidate.
What can you tell me about the culture of the company?
It shows that you are interested in the work environment and want to know how you could fit into it. It will also give you an idea whether you would like to work for this company or not.
How is success evaluated in this role?
Give the interviewer an opportunity to talk about how your performance will be evaluated. This will give you an idea of how the company operates and what its leaders value in an employee. In addition, it shows that you are already thinking about your potential contribution, and may give you a chance to prove that you have demonstrated the same kind of success in the past: “That’s great because in my previous position, I had the most…”.
Who would I work with?
Show an interest in people you could spend 40 hours a week with. It also gives you a chance to better understand what to expect on a daily basis.
What are some of the challenges someone in this position might face?
Again, this allows the interviewer to talk about the specifics of the role, but also gives you another opportunity to sell yourself, as in: “Oh, that’s funny because in my last role I faced a similar challenge. This is how I overcame it…”
What would you like to see the chosen candidate achieve in the first six months?
This kind of question shows that you are far-sighted and want to know what is expected of the person you have chosen. It will also help you assess whether or not the company’s goals and expectations are realistic and achievable.
Is there room for advancement?
Some say that this issue could backfire on you because an employer does not want to think that you see the position as a stepping stone. On the other hand, no one can expect you to stay in the same job forever. This question shows ambition and that you are thinking about a potential future with this company (rather than resigning as soon as another position opens up elsewhere).
What is the impact of [insérer la tendance ou le défi actuel de l’industrie] on your organization?
The most common complaint from hiring managers is that candidates show up for interviews knowing nothing about the company or the industry. Show that you’ve done your research. If you’ve chosen to highlight a challenge (say you’re applying for a Diet Coke marketing position, you could discuss the recent public reaction to aspartame), then ask what the company is doing about it, or present your own idea for a solution.
What do you particularly like about your work here?
Give the interviewer a chance to talk about himself or herself and the company. If he or she is having trouble finding something to answer, this may not be a good sign.
Is there anything we haven’t talked about or anything I can do to help you make your decision?
If you really want the job, make sure you offer the opportunity to fill in any gaps or clarify anything that is unclear.
What are the next steps?
It would be a little strange to leave without asking about future steps. If you’re interested in the position, you’ll want to know what to expect. Are you planning to do more interviews? Are you considering other candidates? How long do I have to wait? Ask these questions. If you don’t, they’ll wonder why you didn’t do it.