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Attention Candidates: Ask These Questions During Every Interview

March 5th, 2019

As you’re preparing for a job interview, you’re likely focused on the questions you’ll be asked, from “what are your strengths?” to “why should we hire you?” But are you also thinking about the kinds of questions you want to ask? After all, an interview should be approached like a two-way conversation, one in which both you and the employer are trying to assess fit. You can’t do that if you don’t ask good questions to gain the insight you need about the position.

So beyond finding out about day-to-day responsibilities, what else should you be asking? Provisional, one of the leading employment firm serving Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has the details you need. Here are a few possibilities to add to your list for every interview:

What’s important about this position? What kind of impact does it have on the company overall?

This will give you a sense of where the role fits in and the kinds of contributions you’ll be expected to make. It will also offer you some insight into the company itself and the hierarchy of it.

What’s the most challenging part of this job?

It’s vital to have a clear understanding of what the job entails and how success will be measured in it. Part of this includes the challenges the position comes with. While a hiring manager might focus on the more positive side, asking this question will give you a more accurate account of what you can expect if hired.

Who will I be working with? What’s the team like?

Gaining a sense of the dynamics of the team you’d be a part of can play a critical role in your decision-making process about the position. For instance, if you work better on a smaller, more casual team and the department is large and formal, it might not be the best fit for you. This is a detail that you’ll want to find out ahead of time.

What do you like most about working for this company?

Asking a hiring manager this question will offer you plenty of insight. Not only will they get specific about perks, company-wide values or benefits, but you can also assess their body language. If it’s clear they’re not enthusiastic about what they’re saying, it’s a red flag for you.

Does the company offer opportunities for professional development?

A company that invests in its employees’ growth is a good sign that they care about their team and see the value in development. When you’re ready to take the next step in your career – whether it’s within that same company or with a different one – these kinds of opportunities can make you more marketable.

While there are literally dozens of other questions you can ask, these are some to get you started. Keep in mind, too, these will not only help you get the information you need to evaluate whether a role is the right fit for you, but it shows the hiring manager that you’re informed, interested, and engaged.

Looking for expert help with your job search?

Call Provisional. As a leading employment firm serving Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, our recruiters have placed over 18,000 professionals with growing Northwest companies since 1994. Contact us today and experience the difference for yourself.

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