You’ve done everything to prepare for the interview. You’re dressed to the nines, have multiple resumes prepared and ready for any question thrown at you. Remember, interviews are just as important for you to get to know your future employer as much as it is for them to determine if you’d be a good fit for the position.
We’ve put together our top five interview questions that you should be asking throughout the interview. These interview questions will help with getting a better understanding if the role is right for you.
1. Can you provide specific details about this position's day-to-day responsibilities?
The initial job description that drew you into the role typically does not include all of what the position actually entails. It is crucial to understand the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities because the role may warrant more of one task than another. Rather than jumping into a role blindly, when asking this question ahead of time, you know what to expect come the first day.
2. WHAT PROJECTS NEED TO BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY?
Starting a new role can be overwhelming especially if you are leading multiple on-going projects. When inquiring about current and upcoming projects it should be clarified where each project stands to date. By asking this question, you’ll find out what projects are near completion or which project need a push to meet deadlines. This way you can eliminate being caught off guard coming into your new role.
3. what values was your company founded on that have helped you define your culture?
Asking about company values is one interview question that you cannot forget about. According to Built In, having strong company culture has tremendously improved levels of employee engagement, productivity, and performance. We all have experience with poor company lifestyles and will try to avoid it at all costs.
When asking what values the potential employer is founded on will most likely foreshadow the type of work environment you will join. If possible, ask about shadowing opportunities. This way, you can get a real feel for the work ambiance and different perspectives from each employee you connect with.
4. What can i expect for compensation?
But first, know when it’s the right time to ask!
There’s no question that compensation plays a key determinant in accepting a new role or not. However, know when it is appropriate to ask about compensation. Do not bring up salary or pay on your first interview, save those questions for following encounters.
During the first round, the interview questions should focus on anything but pay. This way, you don’t come off as you’re just in it “for the money”. For more tips on how to phrase salary questions and when it is appropriate to ask, click here.
5. DO YOU EXPECT THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS ROLE TO CHANGE IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Roles and responsibilities change, that’s the reality of the workplace. When asking about future responsibilities, you’re proactively preparing yourself for when your role changes down the line. Challenges come with change. In addition, make sure to ask about upcoming and potential challenges in the position so you can effectively prepare to tackle them when the time comes.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
Interviews can be extremely overwhelming. Therefore, before interview day, set aside time to write down the most important interview questions. Once determined, start practicing them as well as your responses, this way you are more than prepared come interview day.
Still feel the need to ask more questions? Find more valuable interview questions to ask here.