Interviews are a given. It is almost always certain that you will, at one point or the other during your career, be in front of a panel of interviewers. But interviews, and interviewers, are not to be dreaded or feared. You should rather relish the thought of going into one as it would most often than not represent advancement and growth in your chosen career path with these 15 Interview Questions.
Another popular, but incorrect, opinion about interviews is that there should be only one person asking all the questions – the interviewer. On the contrary, when going for any interview, you should have questions of your own to ask. Asking questions during an interview allows you show the interviewer that you have done your homework and it also allows you the perfect opportunity to gather your wits about you and redeem yourself, especially if, in your opinion, you did not perform too well in answering the interviewers’ questions.
However, it is not enough to know that you can, and should, ask questions during an interview. It is important to know what kind of questions to ask and how to ask them. This article helps you do just that. You will find here targeted questions that are sure to help increase your chances of clinching that job at your next interview.
15 Interview Questions:
- Training and Development
- Are there opportunities for advancement, professionally, on the job?
This is a great question in that it helps you know, upfront, if you will be getting ahead in your career while working for the company. It allows you see if it is a company that values its staff in terms of making them better and helping them make progress in their career path. No one wants to work in a company where there is no assurance of career advancement.
- Can you tell me where the last person who held this position is moving on to?
This is the kind of question that an interviewer would think very carefully before responding to, and one that you should also pay attention to whatever response he/she gives you. This is because, beyond rhetorics or pre-arranged responses, the interviewer almost has no choice but to be truthful in answering this question. Why? Because he knows that it is very possible to cross-check whatever response he gives you. But beyond all these, the question gives you a clear future path to what becomes of people who work with the company in terms of career progression, particularly for the position you are being interviewed for.
- The Job Position
- What are the projects I would be immediately working on?
This question gives you insights into the kind of tasks you would be assigned while on the job. And more importantly, it opens up a great avenue to show the interviewer how you would be a fit for the position by providing an opportunity to share how you would go about handling the project and delivering on the job.
- What kind of challenges should I expect to face working in this position?
There is no job position without its peculiar challenges and asking this question upfront shows the interviewer that you are not shy about tackling issues head-on and getting down to the brass tacks when it comes to doing any task assigned to you. It also opens up the possibility of further showing the interviewer how great a fit for the position you are by the likelihood of the interviewer asking you the follow-up question; “how you would solve those challenges?”
- Job Performance
- Against what metrics will my performance be evaluated?
It is important to find out from the outset what the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) of the position is, and there is no better time to do this than during your interview. This questions helps you to understand clearly what milestones your performance on the job will be evaluated against.
- What would I have achieved in the first 6 months that will justify my being hired?
This question underscores to the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about adding value to the company. Also, the interviewers’ response to this question will help you know expectations of the job that were not included in the job posting. You want to better understand how the company measures output and what will be required of you to meet that expectation.
- What do you love/enjoy about working for this company?
This is a great question that gets you well on your way to making a connection and building a relationship with the interviewer. Watch out for the facial expression more than the response for that will be more of a response than the words said. If the interviewers’ eyes lit up and a smile plays on his face, you know that he enjoys doing what he does. And the opposite expression simply tells you to begin to reevaluate your decision to work for the company.
- How often has your role changed since you have been working here?
Asking this question not only helps you know a little more about the interviewer, it also gives you firsthand information about the company and if there are clearly defined JDs (Job Descriptions) for every employee working there.
- The Team
- Will I be working with a team and if I am, can you tell me a little about each member of the team?
It is important to first establish if you will be working individually or if the job will require you to work in a team. But more important is knowing about the members that make up that team. This is because your team can either accentuate your work and make it easier for you or frustrate your efforts as far as the position is concerned, it is therefore pertinent to have an understanding of who your likely work colleagues will be.
- Who will I be directly reporting to and can you tell me a little about that person?
Your manager/supervisor is an integral part of your job position. Knowing his work ethic, preference for reports, and general work/task predisposition will greatly help you understand more about the person and how to best work with him should you get hired.
- The Company
- What are the company’s plans for growth and how will I or the team I will be working with help achieve it?
This questions helps you know where the company is headed and if that place is where you, as an individual, would like to be. However, it is important to have done your homework by looking up the company before asking this question so that you can show genuine interest and converse knowledgeably with the interviewer during the course of his answering the question.
- What exactly are the values this company holds dear the most?
This question reveals what the company culture is without you directly asking the somewhat clichéd “What is the company culture?” which can make the question come off as being rehearsed. It is important to know what ideals the company appreciates and see if they are values that are consistent with what you believe in.
- Can you tell me what career development paths there are for this department?
This question helps you get an idea of the way promotions and advancements work in the company. Needless to say, it will be to your disadvantage if you take a job where valuable contributions are not appreciated by way of promotions or a company where a clearly defined career path advancement is not visible.
- Close The Interview
- What other questions do you have for me?
You want to be sure not to leave the interview without getting all the angles and requirements that you would need moving forward to the next step. This question shows the interviewer that you are not too eager to leave which is a great indicator of your work ethic and commitment.
- When can I start?
This question is extremely useful and very proactive. It tells the interviewer that you are not only confident about your performance at the interview, but also about your being the right fit for the position. It shows that you are a go-getter and that you are positively forward thinking. However, take care to ask this question without coming off as sounding arrogant to the interviewer.
At one point in your career, you are definitely going to find yourself in the middle of an interview.
Your ability to give the interviewers something to think about creates an edge for you over other applicants; this is what this article is about.
This article highlights the kind of questions you as an interviewee can ask the interviewer, questions that will show the interviewer that you have done your homework. It also allows you the perfect opportunity redeem yourself, especially if, in your opinion, you did not perform too well in answering the interviewers’ questions.
This will also increase your chances of getting that job over other job candidates.
Robert Moment is an author and get hired expert who specializes in interview coaching that help ambitious people get hired for jobs and make more money. Robert is the author of Interview Tips a book with proven job interview tips you need to ace a job interview and get hired. Visit www.howtointerviewtips.com for fresh job interview tips, interviews skills and job interview strategies that will make you standout in job interviews and get hired for jobs.