You’ve applied for a position at emids. The interview is coming to an end. Your interviewer asks: do you have any questions?
What will you do? Shake your head, thank and leave? Or take this opportunity to have a conversation and make an informed decision about working with us? If you intend doing the latter, consider asking the following questions. We’d be happy to answer. And guess what, most potential employers would be impressed if you posed these queries. It shows you are serious about finding a great organization to work with and look beyond mere annual compensation to make career choices.
- What are the challenges and opportunities this role brings?
That’s a great first question. Go beyond what’s listed in the job description and understand what the role entails. It will help you better evaluate whether the job is right for you. After all, it takes more than just technical skills to do justice to a role.
- Who would be my team members and peers?
Knowing about your peer group, their average age, qualifications and professional backgrounds, helps on multiple counts. You get an idea of the people you would work with, a peep into aspects such as diversity, work culture, etc, and clues about how you can benefit from working with such a group.
- What can I expect to learn while working with your organization?
Interested in learning? Get a bonus point in the interview results. Every organization wants people who are keen to hone their skills and are enthusiastic about new opportunities. The answer will tell whether this organization is committed to employee learning, which is essential for career growth.
- What are the organization’s goals for the next 3-5 years?
What are the company’s growth plans? Enter new markets, start a new product range, or aim to be among the top 50 in its category? An enterprise needs vision and leadership to go places and take its employees along. Asking about the company’s future goals is a way of ensuring the leadership is cued towards growth and that by joining this organization, you’d be part of a growth story.
- What do you like and dislike about working here?
This is your chance to get a real feel of what working at this organization is about, to get the insider’s perspective. Your interviewer’s response will give you an idea of what makes an employee happy or unhappy at this enterprise – work culture, leadership style, career progression path or any other factor.
Based on the responses, think of whether this is the place where you’d like to to invest your valuable career time. A great-fit job has to be mutually beneficial: to you as well as the enterprise.