Everyone entering the workforce undergoes a job interview. It susses out the details that your resumé cannot provide. Through an interview, a company is ultimately finding out if you are the candidate that will best fit the position they want to fill. It is also an opportunity for you, personally, to find out if you think you will fit in and be happy with the company, their benefits and the work culture.
Additionally, you should find out which interview stage you’re at and who the interviewer is, in terms of their position in (or outside of) the organization. You don’t want to be asking about the company culture, for example if the one interviewing you is a third-party headhunter.
1.“What is the timeline and the stages for the application process?”
You want to know what will happen next if you pass this stage. This way, you know when you should expect a callback, if you should follow up with a call, or when to move on. This will also set your expectations on what the next process will be – if it will be a panel interview, a skills evaluation, or if you need to pass a third-party certification.
2.“Can you tell me what a typical day would look like for somebody in this position?”
This question gives you an overview of what your day-to-day activities would look like. If the interviewer is someone you would report in to, it would give you the chance to hear what they expect from you. You can also follow up with what their expectations are and what they would or would not like to see in an employee.
3.“For those who’ve stayed with this company the longest, may I ask, what has made you stay?”
This will give you an insight into what inspires loyalty from the current employees, as well as what they like about their company. This question can also give you a glimpse into the company’s culture, as employees usually stay because of the relationships they’ve made with their colleagues, including their manager.
4.“What are the benefits that you offer?”
This question should be asked towards the end of the interview process. You shouldn’t only consider the salary aspect of the role, but also the corresponding benefits that you will get. For example, if you are interviewing for a job abroad, you should ask if you will get free board and lodging, if transportation is provided or if you will get private healthcare coverage. You could also ask about pension contributions or buying additional days of annual leave.
5.“Do you have any concerns or further questions about my C.V. or qualifications?”
This will give you a chance to address any apprehensions an interviewer might have about your resumé. If they were considering someone else because of this apprehension, this question opens up an opportunity for you to shine a light on your accomplishments. If you have a TrueProof for your credentials, mention them and gain instant trust in your qualifications!