Asking the right questions in your interview

07.03.2013


Asking the right questions in your interview
Asking the right questions in your interview.

Nearly every job interviewer will, at one point, ask a prospective employee if they have any questions about the job, hiring process or company. While the interview environment can be overwhelming, taking advantage of the questioning period is important to learn not only more about the position itself but help you stand out and learn more about whether you should or shouldn't take the position.

Asking about required skills to succeed at a company is one question that will impress in an interview, according to AOL Jobs, especially if it's framed against information learned from the application process. Not only will you hear an honest answer about what would be expected of you in the job itself, it can help you derive a more accurate and detailed idea of exactly what the company is looking for, helping you determine which strengths to highlight throughout the rest of the interviewing process.

Discovering which personality types work best in a given position will also help an applicant determine whether they're truly right for the job. If it takes a certain kind of mindset you don't have, you'll know it's not right for you; on the other hand, it can make a position more appealing if you believe you'd be a good match.

Show your work
Doing advance research into a company before starting an interview is vital, not only to find out exactly what kind of work a job will entail but to learn more about the firm's products, processes and preferences. Showing that you've done this research by asking a question related to it will show your interviewer that you're truly interested in the position. Whether the question is about about their recent releases or their employee policies, proving you've done more than just fill out an application will give you an advantage over the competition.

Another question worth asking is about your potential future boss. While you'll sometimes be able to figure out who's in charge yourself, if it remains unclear throughout an interview, take it upon yourself to ask about the company's structure. Not only will it show that you're serious about the position, but in situations where you may not get a straight answer, you may be able to see that the leadership isn't what you're looking for, avoiding a negative work environment.

What do you expect?
Asking what you'd be expected to accomplish in the position, both in short and longer periods of time, can help you figure out exactly how to approach the job if you get it. You could also see how loose or strict the working environment would be; if there are very few or very many requirements, you can adjust your expectations accordingly.

Making the interview personal can also pay off. Not only can it improve your relationship with the interviewer, but you may discover a thing or two about the company you wouldn't learn through traditional interviewing.

Training and growth
Finding out how the company trains its new employees can show eagerness to show your abilities and add to the working environment, according to College Recruiter, while asking about advancement and growth in their system can emphasize your interest in helping the company however you can.

Asking the interviewer about the typical day at work can help you figure out exactly what's expected of employees, as well as whether you're prepared for the position and whether it's right for you. You can find out if the position has long hours or high stress, if employees love or hate what they do, or if the company is a great place to work.

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