3 Questions Candidates Should Ask In a Job Interview
Often times, when we’re hiring, it’s all about the company. Does the candidate have the right skills? Will the candidate fit in the company’s corporate culture? Will the candidate stay with the company for more than a year? Will they? Won’t they? What will they do? And how can they better the company? But I often wonder if we worry about the questions candidates should ask in a job interview.
I don’t think this comes just from the company doing the hiring, but the candidates as well. l. When prepping for an interview, candidates usually do their research on the company and then figure out how to apply their skills to what the company does and whatever is involved in the position. Candidates also spend time crafting answers to questions they might be asked by the hiring company.
But, I think no matter how exciting and appealing this new opportunity might be, you still have to find out if it’s truly right for you. What do you want from a job? What do you want from the company? Will you fit the position? Will you want to stick around for years to come?
I read an article on Inc.com that addresses this very thing and I think it gives some really great questions that candidates should address in an interview. Here are three other questions I would add to the list.
What do you, as the employer, expect from me?
I consider this a little different than what’s listed, because I think it’s important to know what’s expected over the long term as well. If an employer is unrealistic or is asking things you know you can’t live up to, you might want to reconsider if this is the right opportunity for you.
What do you like most about working with this company?
When I’ve interviewed prospects for research positions with Gaines, I always liked when they asked about what I like about working with the company. I know this might seem like a cliche question and is easily answered with something fake, but I still think it’s important to get an idea on what things are like around the office.
What’s a day in the life of <insert position title here> like?
This is incredibly important. A position description doesn’t really talk about the everyday life of a position and people’s perceptions can vary greatly. It’s important to make sure everyone’s one the same page and that you’re clear on what you’ll be doing each day. If most of the job involves sitting at a desk staring at a computer and you’re more mobile and social, you might want to reconsider things.
Whatever you ask, just be sure you’re making sure that the company is a fit for you just as much as you’re a fit for them. And that the position is in line with your expectations and goals.