Written by: Penny Anthem Staff
I always hear people give advice to job seekers by suggesting, “make sure to ask questions during the interview”. While this is great advice, they rarely give any reason as to why this is important.
For far too long, I viewed job interviews as a way for me to ‘prove myself’ or ‘get accepted’ into a position. It was until later that I realized I didn’t even want some of the jobs I had interviewed for.
Interviewing is a two way street for the company and the candidate. It’s an opportunity to not only showcase yourself but to learn more about them.
An interview is an opportunity for the company to vet you AND for you to vet the company. Asking questions gives you the opportunity to see if you and the job will be a good fit for each other.
Here are some example of interview questions and reasons why you might ask them.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the company culture?
This will give you a good idea if you will fit in and have similar values/ work styles
- What are some of the company values?
Pretty self-explaniatory. If you values and the company you work with differ greatly… it probably won’t be a good fit.
- What does a typically day/week look like in this position?
You’ll get an idea of what’s expected of you. Are you expected to be there at a specific time? Will you travel a lot? How many meetings are you expected to attend?
- What does advancement typically look like within the company?
Is this position a stepping stone or the end of the road
- Do you have a formal review process?
This will let you know how/when you can have an opportunity for a salary increase or a promotion
- Who do I report to directly?
The person interviewing you might not be the one you report to. It’s important to see who you will work with and how you get along
- What are some goals for the company?
This goes hand in hand with values, company outlook, and growth opportunities.
- What does the on-boarding process usually look like?
Some companies have an outlined training process while others ‘wing it’. Training might be hands on or reading from a manual. Find a company that complements your learning style.
- What are some of the challenges with this position?
Every position will come with some type of challenge. It’s good to know how you can best prepare. Additionally you’ll likely get an idea on how upfront the person is being when they answer.
- Where do you see the company in X years?
Some industies are dying while others are constantly adapting. Again, find something that coincides with your goals and timeline.
- How does this role contribute to the overall value of the company?
Find out if the role you are taking is considered important. What are you contributing to the company? Are you satisfied with that? Does your contribution align with your own values?