The job search process isn’t just about the employer. It’s also about you.
Although the application and interview process usually feels like it’s all about a hiring manager trying to find the most qualified person for the job, it’s also your time to assess if the position is the best fit for you at this point in your career. This is where asking the right questions comes in. Asking questions helps you learn about the employer and interview them just as they interview you.
Here are some great questions to ask:
- Whom will I be interviewing with? When you’re invited for an interview, it’s important you ask who you will meet with. This allows you to do some research on the person beforehand. It’s also vital to know who you would need to contact if you were running late or unable to make your interview time.
- Can you tell me more about the open position and why my qualifications make me a good fit? You spent a significant amount of time optimizingyourresume, right? So, hopefully, employers can tell you exactly what attracted them to you and how your skills match up to the job. If they can’t, it might be a red flag that they’re just looking for anyone to fill the role.
- What are your goals (short-term and long-term) for this position? This helps to provide insight into what the employer expects the chosen candidate to achieve. Will you be expected to increase revenue? Provide client leads? Improve workplace morale?
- Why did the last person leave this position? Although not every hiring manager will share this information, the person might have been promoted internally or moved to another department. The answer could tell you how your career might progress if hired at this organization.
- Who will I be working with on a daily basis? Gain understanding about how this role fits into the company with the answer to this question. Will you be working primarily independently, or will you be collaborating with a team of folks on a regular basis? Different answers might appeal to different people depending on your working preferences.
- What is the biggest challenge I would face in this new role? Most jobs aren’t a walk in the park. In fact, some positions are created because of a need or problem. See what the employer shares about the challenges that lie ahead, and feel free to provide your suggestions on what you could do if hired to solve the current issues.
- Do you have any doubts about my abilities to perform this job? If the employer presents some concerns, now is your chance to clarify.
- What is your timeline for filling this job? Will you have to come in for another interview (or two) before a decision is made? Will it take several days, weeks, or months? Most hiring managers have an idea of when they will make a decision. This also gives you an idea of when you need to follow-up about your status.
What other questions should job seekers ask employers during the hiring process?