Saturday 2 June 2012

Good and Timely Questions to Ask During an Interview

An interview is, and should be, a two-way street. Although it can be tricky to think of appropriate questions, given that the interviewer had carefully answered perhaps, and explained all the pre-determined questions, you will do yourself a great benefit if you show your interviewer that you are a creature of independent thinking. When the question comes, ‘Is there anything you would like to ask me?’, the employers are here providing a space for the interviewee to voice his or her thoughts, and thus enabling a change of roles. Having no questions at all comes across as a sign of disinterest or incuriosity from your end, or even worse, that you do not have an independent thought process. And employers don’t want that.

Logically, many job seekers focus try to answer the interview questions in the best, efficient logical way. However, recent research, which stands on par with the dozens of interviewees we see every week at Muovo, proves that the interviewee questions often carry more weight than the questions answered.
For that reason, as an interviewee, you should prepare to ask some key questions during your interview.

Needless to say, it is important not to repeat questions that have been already mentioned either by the employer himself or herself during the interviewing process, or on the company’s website. This could show that you were either not listening or did not do any sort of preparation beforehand.

The list below shows the top 7 questions that you should ask to your interviewer, first posted in Good Questions to Ask in an Interview, as follows:
  1. Job description and job duties:
  2.  The job interview is the best time to find out what will be expected of you if you are hired for the position. Things change, job duties change, and workers have to adapt themselves to the changes too.  You can ask to have full job description if you don’t want to be surprised later.
  3. Work Culture: You would also want to know what kind of colleagues you will be working with. In fact, this is one of the most important questions because these are the people with whom you will be spending the better part of your waking day.

  4. Future Prospects: You will want to ask about the growth of the company and the position for which you are applying. Get to know the vision of the company and its future plans and prospects.

  5. What are the position’s typical hours? Gone are the days when a workday has standard hours. With the advent of globalization, the business world has grasped the concept of 24/7. Therefore, you should ask about the typical workload.

  6. What does the company actually do? Prior to an interview, you should research the company’s mission. Ask informed questions related to how the company reaches its goals and how the company is structured.

  7. Hiring Practices: Be certain about the nature of your employment. Are they looking to hire a full time employee, part-time employee, or a consultant. There is a major difference between the three job profiles. Therefore, it is best to clear it out at the very outset.

  8. Salary: If you are offered the job, make sure you are completely clear on what your salary will be and what benefits come along with it. You can ask some questions related to this during the interview, but do not question to specifically until you are selected for the position.

Remember, asking questions is not the task of the interviewer alone – interviewers are not being merely well-mannered when they ask you to ASK them. It is a way to select the best candidate, as your questions may bring to light a lot about you.


Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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