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What to Ask an Employer When Interviewing for a Job

November 19th, 2019

In the midst of a job search and preparing for an interview? You know you need to research common questions and have answers ready for each. But are you also putting together a list of your own questions; ones that will help you better discern whether the position is what you’re looking for? It’s a must if you want to land in a role that’s just right for you. Here’s a look at a few to consider:

Why is this position open?

It’s important to find out whether someone left or if this is a new role that’s being created. If it’s a new role, keep in mind, there could be some unexpected challenges to work out with it. If it’s an existing position, ask about what the last person who held it was like in terms of skills and experience and what made them successful in the job.

What are the most important qualifications for this job?

The job posting likely had a long list of different traits, skills and qualifications the employer is looking for. However, when asking this question, you want to find out the few that are the most important for the job. If those are your strength, then you’re in good shape. If they’re your weak link, though, you might want to re-think the opportunity.

What are the short-term goals and expectations for the position?

By asking this question, you’ll find out what you’re expected to achieve in the first few months on the job. You’ll then have a better sense of whether these objectives seem doable for you or if they’re outside your area of expertise.

What are some challenges that come with the job?

The last thing you want is to accept a position only to get blindsided by all the hassles and headaches that come with it. So if the hiring manager seems unwilling to answer this question or gives you the runaround, take note. They could be hiding something. If they are forthcoming, then at least you’ll know what to expect and can make a more informed decision if you are offered the position.

What are the workflow and communication like?

In other words, are you expected to respond to emails and texts at night and on weekends? Do most people stay on the job well after closing time due to hot projects and tight deadlines? It’s important to get a sense of the pace of the culture at the company and how often you need to stay in touch during your down time.

How often will I receive feedback?

The company might adhere to a once-a-year performance review policy. Or managers could check in with each team member on a weekly basis. It depends on the organization. But when you know the answer to this question, you’ll be able to tell whether the process is a fit for your performance needs.

Are there any learning and development opportunities?

The best employers invest in their people. That’s why asking this question is important. It will give you a good idea of what the company values and how much support and training you can expect if you get the job.

Walking into the interview prepared with a list of questions will not only put you in a positive light for the hiring manager, but also enable you to determine whether the job and the company are a match for you.

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