When you have experienced numerous job interviews, there is one question that most hiring managers ask towards the end.
“Do you have any questions?”
It seems harmless. However, simply answering “yes” or “no” can affect how the recruiter perceives you.
So, how do you approach one of the most common interview questions? We have a few ideas in this article.
Questions About the Company Culture
You can inquire about the company culture. (This is actually one of the more frequently asked interview questions.)
Why is it important?
Of course, as an applicant, you would want to know if you fit the organization’s culture (and vice versa) or not.
While the answer might not give you the full picture, it will at least give you some idea of what it’s like to work for the company.
You can also inquire about your direct supervisor or your workmates- especially because they are the ones you’ll interact with most.
What Question/s to Ask: “What does a typical workday look like?”
Questions About the Role And Career Paths
With any role in any organization, there are keys to success. They are referred to as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Essentially, this is a way to measure someone’s performance over a period of time. It is also used by departments or teams, so they can set objectives that must be met within a specific deadline.
In other words, you need to know how your performance will be measured or reviewed. Doing so will help you think of a game plan for your career in the company.
This is also one of the most common interview questions – and can be a gateway for you to ask about opportunities for growth within the company.
What Question/s to Ask: “What is the performance review process? How often would I receive feedback?” or “What are some of the learning and development opportunities in this role?”
Questions About the Company
When asking questions during the interview, make sure that it is not easily answered by a quick Google search. Keep this in mind, especially when inquiring about the company and its values.
That would not look good on your part because it would seem like you did not conduct enough research.
As such, take time to study the company. Read their press releases, news, products, services, etc. so you are aware of the ins and outs.
What Question/s to Ask: “Where does the company see itself five years from now?” Alternatively, “What are the company’s current long-term goals?”
Other Questions to Ask
Lastly, you can also turn the inquiry around and ask the hiring manager if they are happy with their current work.
How they answer will reveal a lot about the workplace and its people if you listen carefully. Again, this should enable you to envision what it’s like working with them.
Further, before ending the interview, you might want to ask about the next step. The recruiter might give you a time frame. If they have not given you feedback within that period, you can then follow up.
What Question/s to Ask: “Are you happy working with the company?” and, “What’s the next step in the process?”
In all, take this seemingly minor question as an opportunity to learn more about the role and the company.
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