8 smart questions for the employer at your job interview
At the end of any job interview with a candidate, HR agents usually ask: “Do you have any questions for us?” But after a long monologue about themselves many candidates get lost. They do not know what to ask the interviewers and try to end the conversation. But in the eyes of an employer representative, such applicants look unprofessional. It seems that such a person is ready to agree for any conditions and he or she does not care about future responsibilities.
There are 8 critical questions you should ask interviewers during your job interview. With their help you can achieve 2 major goals: get a complete understanding of the prospective job and show yourself as a professional.
We divided these questions into 4 formal groups that we call “4 K” (they are actually 4 Cs):
- Connect – the first questions enable you to establish personal contact with interviewers, and help to start a conversation;
- Culture – the second group of questions clarify details of employer corporate culture and help you to find if the company policies and rules are right for you;
- Criteria – the third group of questions give you a concept about the goals and objectives of the company, and about your possible contribution to them;
- Closure – the final questions help to end the conversation on a positive wave, with clear prospects and a clear understanding of what will happen to you next after this interview.
So, remember: 4K – connect, culture, criteria, closure. What they stand for and what questions they can be? Read about this below.
What should I ask my interviewers to establish personal contact with them? Ask these 2 simple questions:
№ 1. Tell me your own story how you got a job in this company?
The HR specialist of the employer will most likely be pleased to share their personal experience. He or she will tell what the company means to him/her and how he or she came there. This way, you can get a look “from the inside.” This information will give you the opportunity to look at your prospective job from a different perspective.
№ 2. What do you like most about your company?
It is important to ask this question with a positive attitude, so that your interviewer can tell positive facts about the company. Do not be silent if some moments evoke your inner response and you like them. This is another chance to get closer to people who are interviewing.
Based on these answers, you will get a better understanding if the benefits of this employer are right for you. Perhaps you “outgrew” them and want more. Or maybe they are not important to you, or, on the contrary, you will be happy with the bonuses that the interviewer told you about.
The following 2 questions will help you to find out what qualities and specialists are especially valued in this company.
№ 3. Please tell me about the most successful hire that you did recently. Why is this employee successful in his place?
Information obtained in response to this question may become crucial. You will find out what personalities are valued in this company and find out if this is right for you.
For example, your interviewer can talk enthusiastically about a person who works 12 hours a day, takes on any tasks with a minimum budget, never gets sick and does not ask for help or promotion. At this point, you should ask yourself if you would be happy to play by these rules? Will such requirements suit you? Does this meet your life goals and can you achieve a life-work balance with such work?
№ 4. Which of the new employees has not recently succeeded in his or her job and turned out to be a bad choice? Why couldn’t he or she succeed?
Listen carefully to this answer. Perhaps in this case, the representative of the employer will name the qualities and characteristics that apply to you. In this case, it is worth considering whether work in this company is suitable for you.
Now it’s worth finding out what goals and objectives the company has for the near future, your role in contributing to them and the criteria for evaluating your work. The following questions will help you get this information.
№ 5. Tell me about the main goals facing the company this year, and about my role in achieving them?
This way you can determine your expected position in the company. Besides, this can show your interviewers that you are a professional who offers his/her services and wants to clearly understand how to help the employer in solving the problems.
№ 6. How can I evaluate my work in order to understand that I contribute to the achievement of the goals set by the company?
Thus, you say that you are ready to take full responsibility for your work and actions in this job. This is a professional approach that will be appreciated by representatives of any employer company.
But if they answer: “Come on, there are no criteria for evaluating, what to evaluate here? Just work and that’s all,” then you should think about the reliability of this company.
In addition, without proper evaluation criterion of individual contribution to a common cause, how is career progression going on here? After all, it may turn out that some work, but others receive a raise. This may not be the best place to work. So be attentive to what your interviewers tell in response this question.
What to ask your interviewers in order to properly end the conversation? These 2 questions will help you politely clarify about your chances to get this job and say goodbye on good terms.
№ 7. What additional skills can be useful for me to be the ideal employee for this position?
This is a polite and cautious way to clarify their opinions about you based on the interview results. This way you give your interviewers the opportunity to delicately tell what they did not really liked during the conversation and outline your real chances of getting this job.
Let’s say you are hinted about doubts about your suitability for the job. Then you can mention about some experience, training, skills and achievements that you did not have time to communicate during the interview. This is an additional chance for you to dispel the doubts of the interviewers and tell about your other positive qualities.
Plus, this question makes it clear to the HR agent that even if you are not the ideal candidate for this position, you strive to become better in order to comply with it.
№ 8. What will be the next steps in the process of getting this job?
You need to determine where you stopped and what will happen next after this job interview. Applicants usually leave from interviews and with many unanswered questions: when they get a call, what to expect, etc. Try to get this information from your employer representative right away.
Most likely, you will get the following answer: “we still have a few people to interview, the decision on the employment will be made by … (some date), the next interview or aptitude testing will take place on … (another date)”. If you are told the exact date of the hiring decision, you will have a good reason to call that day and ask about their decision.
These 8 questions will help you successfully pass the interview and get important information from the representatives of the employer. Learn them before meeting with company representatives. To make it easier for you to remember and use these questions during an interview, write down on a “cheat sheet” 4K – connection, culture, criteria, closure. Interviewers like to receive smart and professional questions. So, ask them to get the most of your job interview and get the job you want.
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