Here’s What You Need To Ask At The End Of A Job Interview
Interviewing for a job you really want can at times feel traumatic. Firstly, there’s the anxiety leading up to it – which in hindsight is always worse than the actual interview. You go in, get grilled for about thirty minutes and then, when you can taste the sweet relief of finality, they hit you with it: “do you have any questions for us?”
Unless you came prepared for this (which most of us don’t) it can spark a major mental blank. You don’t want to seem disinterested or make it seem like you’re seeking a quick exit – you just literally cannot for the life of you think of anything to bloody ask.
Next time come prepared. Here’s what you should ask at the end of a job interview.
Is there anything else you’d like to ask me?
Oh how the tables have turned – the roasters have become the roastees! Before you go ahead and start running your mouth, it’s always appropriate to check and make sure your interviewer got all they needed from you.
This will give them an opportunity to look back over their notes to ensure they know as much about you as possible before you leave the office. If they say no, then you can escape if you must – but we suggest reading on to get in a few more Q’s before you bounce.
How would you describe your company’s culture?
In other words: “are there Friday beers, and is them being exclusively on Friday negotiable?” Kidding, but it’s nice to get a feel for your potential new work digs to see if it’s the kind of place where you feel you’ll fit in.
If you aren’t completely convinced by their answer, ask for a tour of your new potential workspace. Stare into the souls of the employees and get a feel for their current mood. If there are a few lols being shared, you could be on to a winner. I wouldn’t trust this as a definitive way of telling though.
How long has this position been around, and how has it changed over time?
Essentially fancy talk for: “is this a dead end role?” Growth is so vital in a new workplace – if you can’t strive to work your way higher in the corporate ladder, then the job will get real old real fast.
If the position is brand new, they may not have the answers, or tend to be a bit ambiguous in their description. This can be exciting though, a totally brand new position can mean an exciting opportunity to work hard, make your mark and turn it into something truly impressive.
What would I expect in a typical day on the job?
It’s important to have read the job description thoroughly before entering the battlegrounds of an interview, but they can sometimes be a bit vague. If this is the case, it’s important to know what you’ll be up to on a day-to-day basis.
Getting the answers in the flesh not only clarifies things, but chances are your interviewers will go into more details about the daily tasks, leaving you more informed and more comfortable starting the job if you should get it.
Is there anyone else you’d like me to meet with?
If they say yes, this could be a good sign. Whether it be your CEO, potential supervisor or fellow colleagues it’s good to shake hands with as many people as possible in order to familiarise yourself.
If nothing else, it will make you seem very personable and provide some familiar faces for your first day.
What happened to the person currently filling the role?
This question is a subtle way of getting some juicy insight into the role at hand. If they lightly brush over the subject with no real answer, you may be dealing with psychopaths who drove the last guy out with their sheer craziness.
Or they could be totally normal – who can be sure? If you get a response along the lines of the previous employee getting a promotion or moving on to another job, this is great news – plenty of room for growth.
How do you go about evaluating success?
Ooft. There’s nothing worse than not knowing if you’re doing a good job, and nobody wants to be the person persistently asking their boss if they’re doing OK. You can try and keep up with the person beside you, but how are you to know if their work ethic determines a standard you should be matching?
Different places have different ways of evaluating employee success, and if you get this question out of the way during the interview, you won’t have to worry about it if you get the job.
Is there anything from my CV you’d like me to clarify
A compilation of past work experiences and accolades is all well and good, but they’re generally confined to two sheets of A4. If there is anything you are particularly proud of, or could give you the chance to talk yourself up a bit, give them the opportunity to ask about it.
If all else fails, and you’ve forgotten all the above, just go with: “I can’t think of anything right now, but as soon I do, I will give you a buzz”. It’s foolproof.
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Bradley is a writer from Newcastle who enjoys travel, Tina Fey and is a connoisseur of cheap red wine.