Every job interview could be a two-way street. As the employer is interested in finding out if you are the right person for the job, you also, as potential employee, might be interested in the company working style and in what expectations your prospective bosses and colleagues have. In addition, to make sure you’ve got everything from the discussion with your recruiter, it’s best to take advantage of the moment when you’re invited to ask questions.
Take this opportunity! Not only you can turn things in your favor if you were not convinced that you were presenting yourself in the best shape, but it is also a good time to find out if you would be glad to work for that company.
“The process in which the candidate is the one who puts questions completely changes the dinamics of the interview and the recruiter’s perception of the person in front of him,” says Andreea-Cristina Dumitrescu, BIA HR Recruitment Manager. Moreover, there is another reason why you should always have prepared at least two or three questions: “You will seem much more interested in the job, smarter and involved despite the situation where you do not ask any questions,” points Andreea Dumitrescu , recruiter with over 13 years of experience.
Of course, not any kind of question is welcome, some you will certainly avoid, not to disqualify yourself. The BIA HR recruiter lists 11 questions that have led her to either directly recommend the candidate to the decision maker as the right person for the job, or to propose new opportunities with real employment chances.
It’s recommended to adapt these examples to the type of the job and of the company, modify them to be more specific, use them if necessary. This is about your creativity and approach in interacting with the interviewer:
- Did I answer all your questions / concerns? Do you want to explain something extra or come up with a series of examples?
- What do you think would be the ideal employee for this job? How do I compare with him?
- Who do I report to? Are these people from different teams? Who do I answer first?
- In addition to the skills needed for the job itself, what are the soft skills I need to integrate into the team and align myself with the organizational culture?
- Do you have any hesitation regarding my experience or skills?
- What do you like most about working for this company?
- Is it a newly established position? If not, why is the current employee leaving?
- What did the previous employees do for success in this job?
- What are the challenges of this job?
- How high is the staff fluctuation in the company?
- Is there anything else I can say / do to help you make a decision?
The job interview is the moment when you value and strengthen the image that you created through a well written resume. As long as you are really fit to the position, the interest shown by the questions addressed to the recruiter can support you to get the job you want.
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