While many people assume that a job interview is all about answering questions, you should also be prepared to ask a few questions of your own. Think of the interview as a two-way street. Not only does the hiring manager need to determine if you are right for them. You need to determine if they are your perfect fit, too. Doing so will ensure that the position is right for you and that you will be happy in the new role. Here are a few questions to ask in every job interview.
What Does the Day-to-Day Look Like?
You want to be sure that you have a clear understanding of what you are expected to accomplish every day. The happiness that you feel for your job often comes down to the joy that you get from the tasks that you do every single day. Make sure that the position includes tasks that you enjoy doing regularly.
How is Success Measured?
People view and evaluate success differently. Ensure that you have a clear understanding of how success is defined and measured. This is a great time to discuss evaluations and rewards programs that the company offers.
What Do You Like About Working Here?
Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer what they appreciate most about working for the company. This will give you some insight into the moral and culture. You’ll also be able to identify better if this is the type of place that you want to work. Happiness on the job matters and you want to be sure that you’re surrounded by content people at work.
What Are the Opportunities for Development?
You don’t (and likely shouldn’t) ask about promotion potential during the interview process, but you should absolutely ask about how the company encourages employee development. You should learn about training, conferences, or other programs that encourage employees to grow whether it be in their position or on to other roles in the company.
What Are the Company’s Values?
A company’s values should align with your own. OF course, every company has their idea of what a successful vision looks like. Make sure the values of the company are what you will be excited to work for on a daily basis.
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