As much as it is for the interviewer to see you as a fitting candidate for the role, it is important for you to assess whether you want to take up the role.
Asking smart, well thought out questions at the end of the interview is always a good thing to do. It gives you the opportunity to clear your doubts about the company and the position, and also projects you as genuinely interested in the job.
Before going for the interview, research about the company and prepare a set of questions you would want to get insight about:
1. Know about the role and the position
You don’t want to accept a job only to regret later. Ask questions that help you make an educated decision. Some questions that you may want to ask:
- If you decide to go ahead and hire me, what would a typical work day look like for me?
- What personality traits do you think are necessary to succeed in this role?
- What challenges am I likely to face during the course of this position?
- Who will I be reporting to? Where does the person fall in the hierarchy of the company?
- What has been the career progression of people in this position?
2. Understand the beliefs of the company:
You should see yourself as a good match to the culture, beliefs, and values of the company. Both, you and the company, should be glad to have each other, like a happy couple!
- How would you define the culture of the company?
- What values does the company stand by? How do you ensure they are embedded in day to day activities and long term goals?
- How do you resolve conflicts in the company?
- Who do you consider your competition? How do you rate yourself against them?
- What do you consider as the best part about working for this company?
- Do you consider the company to be people oriented or process oriented?
- How will the company help me grow?
- What constitutes success in the company?
3. Be aware of the selection process
- Do you have any reservations about my qualifications?
- Can I provide you with anything else to make your decision simpler?
- What are next steps? By when can I expect a decision from your team?
These are the common parameters that are likely to impact your decision, and the probability of you being successful in the role.
Concerns though, will vary for each individual and you may want to know other aspects to have deeper understanding of what lies ahead.
- It is imperative to ask questions that will help you make an informed decision about taking up the job
- It’s good to voice your concerns and reservations. Don’t feel intimidated
- Asking questions also demonstrates your interest in the job and the company