Your interview went great, you were challenged with tough questions and hopefully, gave great answers. Now, we are going to let you in on a little secret. Listen carefully as we are about to disclose one of the most important questions coming from an interviewer:
Do you have any questions for me?
Typically, it is the final question asked, and as sad as it seems, many people are just eager to get off the hot seat and say “No, I think I am all set” and walk out the door with a handshake.
We have talked about it before and, surely we will talk about it again, but this is a kind of trick question. Most interviews are conducted like a one-way street – you are asked questions and in turn provide thoughtful answers, but often you are not gaining much insight. To be effective, interviews should go both ways; you are there to present yourself AND to learn if the role is right for you – and there is only one way to do the latter – by asking questions.
Here’s a batch of 6 simple but powerful questions to keep in your back pocket for when the opportunity does arise. Hopefully, you will have some well thought out, pointed questions to ask on your own, but if you do not, here you are. These should open up all sorts of doorways of communication and get the interviewer talking less about you, and more about what is to be expected in the role, as well as what you should expect from the company’s work culture. Ready?
Describe the company’s culture and values. What characteristics do you look for to best represent those values?
What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the position look like?
How would you describe the future of the company – is it in a declining industry? Or one of fast growth or even steady growth, and how does that effect the day to day workload?
What do your employees point to as their favorite part of working at this position and/or company?
What does success look like in this position, and how do you measure it?
What are the opportunities for professional growth and development in this position?
So remember, always consider an interview a bit of a two-way street. Certainly, you are there to be assessed for the role, but you are also there to understand the parameters and expectations of the employer and make a mutual decision if you are the right fit. Without a real exchange of information, that can’t happen – so be sure to learn from the interview, not just sit in the hot seat!
Ask. Good. Questions.
Talk to your Masiello Employment recruiting team for more tips on how to approach the interview cycle; we are here to lean on!