No interview process is a one-way street, and it’s always worth jotting down some questions to ask at the end. This will not only show your employer that you’re keen but give you a chance to get a better idea of what you might be in for if you’re successful.
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of the job?
Knowing what responsibilities you’re going to face on a daily basis will not only help you to accurately determine whether or not you have the right skills for the job but give you an idea of whether or not it is something that you enjoy. Ask your interviewer to describe a typical day at the office for someone in your role, without leaving out any of the gory bits if possible.
Are there any challenges I might face in this role?
It’s always good to know both the good and bad aspects of the role you’ve applied for. This way, if you’re offered the job, you’ll be able to make an informed decision and weigh up the pros and cons before you decide to commit. While it’s unlikely that your prospective employer will go into huge detail about the challenges of the position, you still might be able to get a good idea of some things you might have to work with.
Do you offer any training or career development opportunities?
Your career might not be up and running yet, but you still need to think about your future goals. Asking this question will give you an idea of whether the company promotes from within or whether you think your employer will be willing to invest in course for your training and development. Often, the answer to this question will be detailed in the job description, but it’s still worth asking. Sites such as CV-Library arrange their vacancies in a way that includes as much information as possible about the role before you click ‘Apply’.
Can you outline a typical career path for someone in this role?
On the subject of career progression, it’s always good to ask your interviewer to briefly outline how they are expecting you to progress from the role you’ve applied for. One of the most sought-after qualities in employees is determination and a desire to learn, so asking this question will be sure to stand you in good stead.
How will my work performance be measured and reviewed?
You’ll need to know how the company will measure your work so that you know how to deliver results correctly. Not only will asking this question benefit you, but it will demonstrate to your employer that you are planning on working to the goals that will be set out for you.
What is the office culture like?
While it’s important to know what your daily schedule might look like, you’ll also want to know what the overall office culture is like too. After all, you’ll be spending most of your day in the office, and this question is the best way to get to know who you’ll be working with without actually meeting any of your colleagues. It will also give you an idea of the structure of the company and the department that you’re working in.
What are the next steps in the interview process?
To put your mind at rest, it’s worth asking what the next stage of the interview process is and when you should expect to hear if you’ve been successful. This will demonstrate that you’re eager to move along with the process and how well you’ve performed.
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