You may wonder if the title of this article is a typo. But the interview is as much an opportunity for you to ask questions of a potential employer as it is for the potential employer to ask questions about you. But when asking these questions, it’s important to ensure they are worded correctly. Well-worded questions allow you to be eloquent, as well as net you the answers you require.
There is always something to Ask
One thing to remember in any interview is that there is always something you can ask the interviewer. It’s a good idea to make a list of them beforehand so that you don’t have to try and remember what it was you wanted to ask them.
Questions that enquire about the company’s goals and desired qualities are good ones to pose. For example, you may ask the company what their goals are for the next year or the next quarter. Or, you may want to enquire about the qualities a potential candidate could have that would help them to succeed in the role you are interviewing for. Of course, these are just two of a number of potential questions.
How Well You Did
You may be very tempted to ask how well the interviewer thought everything went, or even ask outright if you got the job. This is even more tempting when you’ve just had a wildly successful interview. But before you do, consider that the interviewer may need to meet with their colleagues before getting back to you. They may even have to interview other candidates.
However, you may be able to get some great insight into their decision simply by asking them when they hope to decide. You can also ask them how they think you compare to previous interviewees.
Asking about the Company
Any time you plan to interview with a company is a good time to conduct research about that company. Before the interview, getting the basic details straight will show the interviewer and the company that you are seriously interested in what they do.
However, you can still find out more about what your desired company does by asking about things that may not be public knowledge, such as the company’s strategies. Other things that may not be published include the history of the company, awards it has won, and its values.
The Money Question
All interviewees want to know when they may be eligible for a raise. But it’s important to remember that raises and bonuses are usually performance-based, making this question difficult for the interviewer to answer at this early stage.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t find out about advancement. You can ask the interviewer about the process of performance assessment. For example, you can ask them how a review of performance is carried out, and on what basis. Or, you can ask the interviewer if the company promotes advancement internally, and then ask for examples.
Interviewing for a career can be made much easier when you have the above tips to follow. But to ensure that you are asking your questions in the right way, your insurance recruitment agency is a great resource. They can also help you with all aspects of your CV as well as every other step in the process.
Tricia Hay is Owner, Director of First Base Employment Limited