The interview is a critical part of any job search process. While it may seem like an interrogation at times, this is just as much an opportunity for you to learn about the company as it is for the company to learn about you. Before heading to meet with a potential employer, learn what questions to ask in an interview.
What Do You Love About Working for the Company?
Take the opportunity at the end of your interview to get to know your interviewer. This question can provide you with insight into the company from the point of view of someone who works there. If your interviewer is excited and enthusiastic about the job, you'll notice it. If they start listing off benefits, such as vacation time or retirement plans, then that could indicate that there's not much to look forward to in the day-to-day aspects of the job.
What Does a Typical Day Look Like?
Before interviewing for a job, re-read the job description to get a basic understanding of the tasks the company requires of you. Be sure not to ask questions whose answers were already revealed in the job posting. Instead, focus on learning about daily responsibilities, how often you collaborate with co-workers, and what the culture of the company is like. Because this is how you might spend your days, this question helps you determine if this job is the right fit for you.
Does Anything in My Background Make You Take a Step Back?
You've taken the time to put your best foot forward during the interview, and it's good to know if your interviewer has any objections before you leave. This question allows you to hear any concerns and perhaps offer some reassurance. Rather than allowing the interviewer to speculate about what you may not be able to do for the company, you can get in front of the situation by highlighting your qualities. If you're lacking some skills, check out the Udacity Catalog and find courses that can help you succeed in a new role.
What Are the Opportunities for Advancement or Professional Development?
Not many people are looking for jobs where they won't have opportunities to learn and grow. Staying in the same position for years can lead to burnout. Set yourself up for success by looking ahead and seeing where this new career path can take you. Find out if the company provides assistance for furthering your education and training, and learn what the employer is looking for in the employees who eventually advance to higher positions.
What Are the Next Steps?
Before walking out the door, ask what you need to do next or what to expect. Find out how long it takes to hear back about a second interview or job offer. If the interviewer is a bit reluctant to let you know the next steps in the process, this person may already have a candidate in mind for the position. In any case, continue your job search until you receive an offer.
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