No doubt, job interviews can be stressful. For some people, the occasion makes it hard to think on the fly. So, it’s a good idea to prepare and rehearse before going into an interview. Also, a lot of people only focus on the job interview questions the employer may have for them, but not on questions they should ask the employer.
Having your own questions to ask can be beneficial in many ways:
1. It shows that you consider the job to be important and have done your research about the job post.
2. Questions will help you to gauge whether or not the job and company is suitable for you.
3. The more answers you need, the more the interviewer will see that you know what you will have to do.
The trick is to have the right questions to ask. Before the interview, note down any relevant information you would like to have. Given below are some sample interview questions you may want to ask:
- What are the job responsibilities?
- What is a usual work week like in this firm? Do you expect or require overtime for completion of tasks?
- What are my growth and advancement opportunities within the firm
- What is the management style of this company?
- Can you share with me what you like the most about working for this firm?
- Do you dislike anything about working for this firm?
- Will I have to travel?
- Is there the possibility of relocation?
- If I am selected, who will supervise me? Can I meet him/her?
- Do you want me to provide references?
- When will you select a person for the post and when can I expect to hear from you?
Here are some job interview questions you should never ask:
- Would you allow me to change my work schedule? (Avoid giving the impression that work will interfere with your everyday life or that it will be difficult for you to show up for work on schedule).
- Have I been selected? When can I start? (There are probably several other candidates left to be interviewed and the employer will need time to analyze all before making a decision, so be patient).
Try to ask your questions at the most appropriate time during the interview. A lot of interviews ask for questions at the end of the interview session. Take this opportunity to put forth any unanswered questions.
Having questions for the employer will help you create a good impression, so take the time to prepare some before going into an interview.