Although you may feel as though an interview is all about an employer assessing the skills and fit of a potential employee, it is just as much about you assessing the position and the company as well. Asking questions in an interview may seem to be an odd concept to many, but it shows that you are interested in the position as well as displays your ability to have a confident conversation and show intelligent thought processing. The below examples are questions which can help you assess a potential employer.
What have you enjoyed most about working here?
This question can help you to understand the best aspects of the company you are applying for. If your interviewer struggles to come up with some answers, chances are they may not be completely happy with the company and you may not be too. On the other hand this question can also help to understand what the company values. If they say they enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and rewards, then the company may value workplace happiness as well as hard work.
What does a typical day in this role look like?
The answer to this allows you to visualise yourself in this position and also opens up the discussion to ask more specific questions. As the day is explained you may interject with queries on how quick certain jobs should be completed, the KPIs for the role as well as who you would report to. As a broad question this offers you the opportunity to get an honest answer about the role that may not have been easy to understand in the job description or from the information provided by your recruitment agency.
Are there opportunities for further development?
Showing you have an interest in learning and progressing in the role can make you stand out from other applicants. By showing an interest in developing your skills and furthering your career you present yourself as a long-lasting asset to the company. The answer you receive will also help you determine if this role is suited to your aspirations.
Where do you see this company in five years?
Understanding the goals of the company you are applying for can help you make a decision about whether your values and goals align with this role. The information provided may also give you an insight into how the company operates and what their priorities are.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take the time to assess if the role is right for you. An interview is not a one way interaction, being an engaging participant can help you stand out from the other candidates as well as help you garner a better understanding of the company values and the job itself.