Questions to Ask at an Interview

Posted on Jun 10 2012 - 10:50am by Raj

Having sailed through the interview, you breathe a huge sigh of relief. You have that sense of smug satisfaction and then comes the killer question, “Do you have any questions?”
Your reply here could make all the difference between being a job seeker and a job getter.  Be aware that this is a prospective employer and you want to come across as intelligent, positive and interested, as you possibly can.
Here is your real chance to show them that you are keen and to set yourself apart from all the other job applicants. The questions you ask and how you frame them, will set you apart from the competition.
One of the great questions to ask would be:
*Now that we have talked about my qualifications, skills and experience, do you have any concerns about me fulfilling the responsibilities of this position?
Should the interviewer be the person you directly report to, another good question would be:
* Should I be offered this job and as my direct report in this position, what would you say are the three top priorities you would like to see accomplished?
Depending on the job, here are some of the top questions that you can ask at an interview:
1. What does this organization value the most and how do you think my contribution in this role will further these values?
2. If selected for this role, what’s the most important thing you would like me to do in the first three months of my employment that will greatly help the organization.
3. Do you have any concerns that I need to clear up in order to be the top candidate for this role?
4. What are the top three qualities an employee needs, to be successful in this job?
5. What kinds of processes are in place to help me work collaboratively?
6. What can I bring to this role to round out the organisation’s team?
7. What is the most difficult part of the role?
8. Is this a new position?  How long has this position existed?
9. What projects and assignments will I be working on?
10. What are the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of this job?
11. Does the organization support ongoing training and education for employees to stay current in their fields?
12. What do you consider to be the company’s strengths and weaknesses?
13. What do you think gives this company an edge over its competitors?
14. Why do you [the interviewer] enjoy working for this company?
15. What attracted you (the interviewer) to this organization?
16. What are the most challenging aspects of the position?
17. Are there opportunities for advancement within the organization?
18. What is a typical career path from this role?
19. How would my job performance be evaluated?
20. What is the organization’s policy on transfers to other divisions or other offices?
21. When can I expect to hear from you?
Most important is to remember not to ask questions about your remuneration or benefit terms, unless they are raised during the interview. So good Luck!

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