In an interview setting, many applicants act beholden to the potential employer.
This unfortunately puts the applicant at a great disadvantage.
I'm not saying one should act all haughty and arrogant; in fact, I believe that one should never behave that way.
What I do believe is that one should conduct themselves in a confident manner, quicker to listen than they are to show off to the interviewer.
I also believe interviews are an excellent opportunity to get to know both yourself as well as the organization better!
When an interview ends, the interviewer usually asks if the interviewee has any questions.
Here are some which I think need to be asked more often at the end of interviews:
1. Having seen my profile and spoken with me, what value do you think could I bring to your organization?
This will help you see your strengths from the eyes of an employer.
2. What growth opportunities could be made available to the position I'm applying for?
This will help you assess if there is actually a long-term professional development plan for the position.
3. Is this a new position?
(If YES = Why did you think it was essential for this position to be created?)
(If NO = Why did the previous individual leave the organization?)
Remember that it's important to learn if you can be a good fit for the organization. Learning why another person left the position is one way of doing that.
4. What are the key responsibilities of the position?
In case this was not discussed in the interview, this will help you understand if the position is worth pursuing or not.
5. What do you expect out of the person whom you'll be hiring?
Oftentimes, what is expected out of someone is not stipulated in an employment contract. This is a way to get to know the nuances of the position better.
Remember: There is a way to ask these questions respectfully. They will help you assess if you and the employer are a good fit for each other.
What other questions do you think are worth asking in an interview? Share in the comments below!
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