There’s a common misconception that an interview is more about the Company getting to know you than the other way round. You might go to an interview nervous about saying the wrong thing, or leaving the ‘wrong’ impression and lose sight of one important thing – you are also interviewing them.
Interviewers typically leave a portion of the meeting to any questions you might have to them, and this is your time to shine. Go prepared with a few questions that will give you the information you need to build an opinion on this business.
If you don’t know where to start from, here are a few questions you could use in your next interview.
Why do you love working here?
Asking this question helps you gain a more ‘personal’ view of the business. Learning more about why someone has chosen to stay within that particular company can give you an insight into what it’s like to work there. Perhaps they’ll mention aspects that you’re specifically looking for (or things you’re not). Regardless, these can open up a window to see what it’s like on the inside.
What is the development plan for this role?
If progress and growth is important to you, this question will help in understanding the long-term scope of the role. Some companies will have a clear answer outlining the milestones and progression opportunities for this role. This can give you visibility of what your career will look like with this company.
What should I expect during the training period?
We all want to make sure we’re not going to be thrown into the deep end in a new role. Ask about their onboarding and training period to help you gauge what you will experience within your first few days or weeks. A clear training programme is quite critical to your success in a new role, so don’t miss this question.
What are the next steps following this interview?
In other words, when should I expect to hear from you with good or bad news? Typically left towards the end of interview, this question helps you keep tabs on your progress with jobs. Note however, just because a company doesn’t get back to you within their anticipated timeframe doesn’t mean you weren’t selected. There are many reasons for a delayed process, so don’t lose faith.
Showing interest in an interview by asking questions is a good way to make a good impression and an informed decision. When accepting a job, make sure you’ve gained as much information as possible to not come across any surprises along the way.