Many candidates still get jitters before job interviews and develop cold feet. It was always the HR or future manager doing the asking, and the candidate fielding the questions to the best of their ability. But now the interview is a two-way street. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to ask a few questions at the end, which demonstrates that you are interested in the position and your drive to excel in the role.
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Considering you’d like to spend at least the next few years growing in the role, here are some questions that you should ask your hiring manager:
1. What are the company’s core values?
You are the sum total of your life experiences. Often, people who succeed in the workplace are ones who see eye to eye on the non-negotiable values that the company follows. Familiarise yourself with them and you’ll get an insight what the organisations stands for.
2. Who will be my reporting manager?
Your superior will play a vital role in your growth, not only as a professional but also as a human being. Before falling for the package or the corner office, it is important to know that your immediate boss is interested in your growth and willing to help you succeed.
3. Who held this role before me? Can I get a sense of what is expected out of me?
If the role has been in existence for a while, then you have a base line to begin your journey at the new workplace. Get to know what they achieved, and what target has been set for you. A conversation with a person in a similar role before you will also prepare you for any hurdles or hiccups.
4. Where does the company want to be in the next five years?
If you’re looking to make a career with the company, you should be looking at a tenure of at least three to five years to spell noticeable career growth. Knowing your employer future plans will help you map your career growth path along with the organisation’s own roadmap.
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5. What are the opportunities and challenges facing the company/department right now?
Much like the organisation’s roadmap, it is necessary for you to understand which outside factors affect the organisation. The organisation being affected will impact your own reactions at a personal level, so don’t undermine these external elements.
6. How does one typically grow in this role?
Whether it is a promotion, pay hike or overall growth in terms of skills as a professional, this question will invite answers to the many ways in which you will be rewarded for the work and passion you put into your job.
7. Where does the interview process head from here?
This question is the most basic, and yet we don’t ask it, hoping everything will fall into place like a line of domino tiles. At this stage, it is not whether you’ll land the job or not, but when and how you can expect to hear communication about further developments on the role, shows that you are eager to move forward in the process.
Remember, questions, aren’t just for your interviewer to ask. They are your opportunity to demonstrate that you are perfect fit for the role. Do keep in mind that best questions to ask are open-ended questions. So, ask them!