There’s one big job interview error that almost everyone makes. Do you know what it is?
It’s not talking too much or too little. The mistake has nothing to do with what you wear. No, one of the most pervasive misconceptions about job interviews is that the interviewer asks all the questions. On the contrary, an interview is a two-way street. Asking questions is the easiest way to demonstrate an interest in the role you applied for. They also help you assess whether the role and employer are right for you.
What questions get the best responses from interviews? Make sure you ask these questions at your next interview.
Questions About the Role
There are two types of questions you need to ask during your interview. The first relates to the role and the day-to-day responsibilities that come with it. These include:
- Who do I report to?
- What soft skills do successful people bring to the role?
- What are the challenges of the role?
- What did the past role occupant do to succeed?
- How long did the last person to occupy the role stay in the position? Why did they leave?
- What happens during a typical day?
The answers to these questions give you a good idea of what’s expected of you and what you can expect from the job itself. Not only will they help you distinguish the job from other roles, but they’ll give you something to think about if asked back for a second interview.
Questions About the Employer
Understanding your daily responsibilities is only have of the puzzle. As you know, the structure of the organization can help or hinder you in your job and down the road as you progress in your career.
What questions draw out the answers you need? Make sure you ask:
- How would you describe the office/company culture?
- What do you (the interview) like about working here?
- How does the company promote employee and team development?
- How does the role fit in with the company’s goals and vision?
- How does the company evaluate success?
These questions help you identify the goals and values of the company and identify whether it’s a culture that suits your working style. You’ll quickly figure out whether the employer promotes from within, fosters talent, and prioritizes engagement without ever having to ask directly.
Interviews Go Both Ways
It’s a common misconception to think that a job interview places you and only you in the hot seat. For an interview to work, it’s important for you to interview your employer, too. You will learn far more about what they expect from you and the role, which gives you a better idea of whether you’re a good fit.
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