“The secret of acing an interview is to stop believing in luck and start believing in yourself.”
You’ve done lots of research to ensure you’re more than adequately informed about the company. You’ve prepared a striking resume and guaranteed that you won’t produce interview mistakes. You’ve selected the most appropriate interview outfit. You’ve even rehearsed answers for all sorts of possible questions. These are all important for every job interview yet you forgot one. You completely forgot to come up with some intelligent questions you can relay to the interviewer at the end of your meeting.
I’ve read countless lists on “What questions should you ask during an interview?” and the results are usually 300-100 questions long. While knowing this sample questions are great, I think familiarizing just 3 key questions are better. These questions not just give you a good impression to the interviewer, but also help alerting you to any red flags and give you insights about the position and the company.
So, what are these key questions to ask during an interview? Based on my interviews with tons of recruiters, human resource professionals and job coaches, here are the Top 3 Questions to Ask in an interview.
- Why is this position available in your company?
You want to know how your position fits into the rest of the team or company itself. If it’s a new position, find out what they hope the new position could contribute to the company or what problems it may solve. If it’s an existing position but the previous employee already quitted, try to ask why, in a polite way. If they already had six employees in the past for the same position, is it because the employees were promoted within the company or because they were all “not a good fit?” If their answer is “not a good fit”, ask them what is missing and what you need, if you’ll be hired, to survive. Trust me, this question could really help you learn more about the company and can aid you to decide whether to proceed or not.
- Who are the main people or groups I’d be collaborating with?
This question helps you understand your place in the organization better than titles do. Position titles differ so much from company to company and person to person. One example is the “Project Coordinator” title. One organization’s project coordinator maybe a project manager overseeing the work of several groups while in the other organization can be more on consulting, project-based position that is a head for a single group.
- What are some paths you see or the biggest challenge in your company for the person who holds this position?
This question can help you understand the culture of the company and if the interviewer talks longer, will likely bring out stories, vague or legendary ones. This will also give you an insight into what you might be walking to, and think ahead of the important things you must do in order to overcome that challenge and survive. If the challenges seem unreasonable or impossible for you to solve, you may want to consider giving up, or take the opportunity to ask them on what assistance you would in addressing that challenge.
So that’s it. Remember that the interview must go both ways and you want to make sure you’re fully informed. Extra tip: Bring a pen and paper and be prepared to write notes during the interview. If the interview goes well and it looks like a fit for both you and the interviewer, you can use your answers as records for the thank you note or follow up note you’ll write later to assure your strong entry.
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