Traditionally, many of us believe that job interviews simply consist of us sitting the other side of a table to an HR manager, possibly a line manager, and asking all the questions they want to know about we can contribute to a business and what we bring to the table.
However, this shouldn’t be the case, and nowadays, more and more candidates are asking questions about the company in their interviews. This is so the individual can learn about the company, the culture and whether or not this is a place where they want to spend the next few years working potentially.
So, what questions are being asked and what benefits do they have to us as individuals? Today, we’re going to find out.
Asking About the Job
“The first questions you’re going to want to start asking is about the job itself. After all, you’re going to want to work in a role that you enjoy, and probably will do the upcoming years, if you’re looking for something long-term,” shares Paul Taylor, an HR manager for Best Australian Writers.
You’ll want to know just how rewarding the job is, how your role affects the company and what the people are like that you’ll be working with.
Some of the questions you could ask in this section include;
• How many people work in my team?
• Do they attend social events together?
• Over the next two months, what’s the most important thing I’ll be working on?
• What kind of systems or routines are in place to maximise my, and my team’s potential?
• How does my role align with the company values?
Asking About the Company
The next set of questions you can move onto is to give a better idea of what the company is like to work for. Of course, you’re going to want to work for a company that treats you well, looks after you and make sure that you’re actually okay, rather than working you for everything you’ve got.
In this area, you can ask questions like;
• What does this company value the most?
• What are the most, and least, desirable qualities about working for this company?
• How is success measured and defined in this company?
• What would you say the company culture is like?
• What would you say the most common negative thought about this company is as a whole?
Asking Questions to the Interviewer
It’s important that you don’t forget the fact that the interviewer you’re talking to actually works for the company and is one of your best resources when it comes to gaining valuable insight into the company. You could ask;
• How long have you been working with this company for?
• What do you personally enjoy the most about working for this company?
• How would you rate the company culture?
Securing the Interview
It’s worth noting that these questions can only be asked if you actually secure an interview. Typically, this means sending in an application accompanied by a resume/CV, so you’ll need to make sure this is perfect.
First, start by going through the job description and then editing your resume, so it matches exactly what the company is looking for. Secondly, go through your resume to make sure it’s free from errors and mistakes which could cost you your position. For this, you can use tools like Grammarix (to check grammar), Top Canadian Writers (to proofread the resume), Easy Word Count, Best British Essays, Via Writing, Academadvisor.
These are all tools you can use that can help guide you through the resume writing process, ensuring you’re communicating the message you want to communicate while editing and proofreading it, so it’s free from errors and mistakes like typos and misplaced punctuation.
Jennifer works as online editor at UK Service Reviews (https://ukservicesreviews.com/). Also, she is a business developer that works in different areas of education, technology, security and various types of online marketing. Prior to business developing Jennifer was consultant at Deloitte, and managed security services provider and developer of a wide range of security solutions.