“Do you have any questions?”
Does this sound familiar? Most of the time, towards the end of the interview, your prospective employer or recruiter will ask you this question. It usually comes after they have shared information about the company and discussed essential details about what the job or position entails.
And there’s a good chance that you’ll end up saying, “No, I don’t have any questions,” because you’re still trying to relax and cannot think of something to ask.
However, you can greatly increase your chances of getting the role by saying “yes”. Asking questions at this point is very important because it shows your employer that you are interested and prepared to take on the role.
It is best to prepare questions about the role you’re about to take and your growth in the company. Avoid asking questions that can be answered by a simple “yes” or “no” or questions about what the company can do for you. Stay away from questions regarding your salary or allowances because you’ll get the chance to ask about those when a job offer is presented to you.
Here are some questions you can ask during your interview:
- Can you elaborate more on the day-to-day responsibilities of the position?
This question will give you a clearer perspective of the position. It will provide you with an insight into the skills you require and it will help you to decide if the position fits your capabilities and experiences.
- Does the company/organization provide training and growth opportunities?
This shows that you are serious about the job and that you are looking to grow with the company. Importantly, it also shows your prospective employer that you don’t think you know it all and that you are willing to learn.
Companies that provide continuous upskilling and employee development programs care about their employees. They are supportive of your growth. These are the types of company that you would want to stay with if you enjoyed your role.
- Where do you see the company in the next five years?
Whatever your employer’s answer to this question will immediately give you an impression and idea of the company’s current standing in terms of growth and progress, where it is in the market, and what projects they have in store. When asking questions like this, it shows interest and commitment to growing with the company.
- What is the work culture like in the company?
Each and every organisation has its own culture. It is useful to have an idea of the culture in the company because it gives you the opportunity to assess if you’ll fit in. The response you get gives you an idea if the organisation focuses on growth or employee happiness or if they provide certain types of benefits etc.
- What’s the management style in the company?
Some managers micro-manage, while others give you independence and let you get on with the job in your own way. It is important to know what the company’s preferred management style is since it would be difficult for you to work under close supervision if you are more comfortable working independently. On the other hand, you might want a manager who will work closely with you.
Asking questions such as the above can help you to secure the position and, at the same time, can help you decide whether the role and the company is right for you.
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