Your resume is handy, modified and updated. You are ready for the interview, have gone through your past work done, accomplishments, but sometimes, a job interview might look like an Interrogation rather than a conversation between two people. This normally happens when there is a one-sided conversation. Imagine a situation when you are on a date and the person with you keeps on talking about himself without asking a single question from you. Would you want to meet that person again? Wouldn’t you feel the person is so much self-involved? Job Interview is also like dating. It’s a two-way conversation where on one hand employer wants to understand your suitability on the role and on the other hand, you want to understand more about the position and your fitment for the same.
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The question might come in your mind that “Why would Hiring Manager want you to ask questions?”
How else are you going to find out what is expected from you if you are offered ?. Asking questions not only gives you a good amount of Information about the position and the company’s expectations, it also lets your employer understand that you are genuinely interested in the role you have opted for and keen to work with them. Other then that you also come to understand if the interviewer is having any reservations about you or if you actually fit in the role being offered.
Asking question doesn’t mean you can ask what is his hobby and who is his favorite Actor?
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Hold on !! its very important to ask relevant questions. Let me help you with few of them listed below:
1. How will the day look like in this position?
The answer to this question from your interviewer will give you much insight on how your days are going to be planned and what is expected out of you during regular working hours.
2. How do you see this role evolving in next 3 years?
This question will give you a bigger picture of expectations from the role and its progression as well. This also indicates that you are looking for a long-term association with the company.
3. Who would I be working with? The team and the stakeholders?
The answer to this question will give you an understanding of the team would be expected to work with, and the level of coordination with other stakeholders, you would be required to do.
4. I read in the news that “X” is happening. How is it going to impact the company and this position?
Read current news about the company. This shows you are updated about the company you have opted for and are keen to understand where the company is heading to?
5. What qualities you think are needed to succeed in this role?
This question indicates you are paying attention to the conversation and the role. Also, you will be able to understand your fitment for the role.
6. What sort of training opportunities do you offer for this position/ What new skills can I hope to learn here?
This question will signify that you are keen to learn new skills and technologies and can do a value addition to the role.
7. What are the least enjoyable aspects of this role?
This question will reflect that you want to understand the challenges you would be facing in the position and be prepared for it.
8. What would you consider to be the most important aspect of this role?
This question would make you understand your major KRA along with the focus areas of deliverables that would be expected from the position.
9. How would responsibilities and performance be measured for this role?
This question will make you understand the quantifying measures that you need to take care of in terms of your responsibilities and performance.
10. What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed by this role?
The question will give you an insight on the kind of projects you would be required to work on.
11. Is this position a new or existing one?
This question will help you in understanding the status od the position also, the expectations and clarity in terms of your work and responsibility.
12. Is there anything we haven’t covered or that I can do that would help you with your decision?
Asking this question will help you out in understanding if the interviewer has any sort of reservation about you. Also, you might have covered all the aspects in your resume but having a conversation on the same will give you a better chance to showcase and highlight your expertise.
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13. What is the typical career path for this role?
It is important for you to understand how the position or the role is expected to move and proceed the career ladder in future. Asking the same will give you a fair amount of Idea on the same.
14. What do you like best about working with this company?
Asking the best part will demonstrate your keenness and also your curiosity for the company. This will help you in understanding the company’s work culture, trends, and policies. The positives which keep employees working and motivated enough.
Your opportunity to ask questions usually comes at the end of the interview. There are an infinite number of questions you could ask during the interview, but I would suggest you stay focused on the conversation and your questions must revolve around the role, responsibility, career progression, and projects.