Researching the company and having interview questions for the interviewer are key parts of preparation. When it comes to exactly which questions to ask, however, sometimes things get murky. Not that one shouldn’t turn to online lists for ideas, but here’s an approach that may give a more focused intent.
Interview questions about the role itself
These questions give you some insight on whether or not you have the skills for the job. Asking things like “Which skills are you seeking” can be effective. Or you could ask “What are the attributes/skills that are key to one’s success in this role?” Sometimes, that second option helps to generate insight regarding the different soft skills candidates should have.
You may have noticed these questions do a couple things. First and more obvious, they help you compare your existing inventory of skills to the inventory needed for this job. Do they match? And if they do, does the job sound interesting?
In interviews, I know we’re often focused on getting hired. However, it’s crucial to make sure you actually want an offer for the role in question. Maybe the interviewer explains that the ability to perform repetitious tasks is key. You have all the skills but just don’t care for repetition. This is important information to uncover.
Interview questions about the company
When taking a job, it’s more than just committing to a job description. You’re also committing to a company/organization and team. It might be a good idea to ask about vision for the company. Where are things headed? What can they tell you about culture? Get an idea of what it’s like to be on the team, work under your prospective manager, etc. You’ll want the role itself to be a match, but the overall bigger picture counts as well.
In the end
This approach for interview questions should give you a much better feel for things so you can gauge your own level of interest in the opportunity at the holistic level.
Secondary to that is another benefit. You stand out as a more engaged, interested candidate. As you can imagine, employers always hope for candidates with the skills but also candidates who are excited about the opportunity. By focusing on questions that shed light on this specific position and team, you show something important. You’re seeking to reflect fully on the opportunity to ensure you find a mutual match for the long-term.
Written by Adam Lafield, Recruiter & Marketing Specialist