Interviews can be very difficult for everyone. You are excited for making it to the interview stage and then again you are nervous because you want to make a good impression. I haven’t done an interview in a couple months year, but I’m always looking at HR topics (because I’m in HR…duh) to getting a better understanding of what people are asking during the interview stage. As of right now I’m not working directly with recruiting – but it doesn’t hurt to keep your mind fresh and ready to go for that big opportunity.
The interview process is really about the company getting to know you, but you also want to make sure that the company will be a good fit for you. You do not want to start working for a company and they don’t match to your expectation, especially since you are going to dedicate to the company for the next few years.
Prior to doing any interview weather it is part-time, internship or full-time you want to make sure you research the company. It is important to come into the interview knowing something about the company.
These are a few interview questions that you write down and ask at the end of your interview. Whatever you do at your next interview don’t let these questions/topics go unanswered.
Your Role – You want to make sure you have a good understanding of what you are going to be doing.
1. Can you offer specific details about the position’s day-to-day responsibilities?
2. How does this position contribute to the organization’s success?
3. What do you hope I will accomplish in this position?
Know the Interviewer – This person could potentially be your new boss and you want to make sure you at least have an idea of what type of person they are.
1.What do you enjoy most about working here?
2. What is your greatest accomplishment with the company?
Management Style – some people need a manger that is hands on where as others don’t need that much attention.
1.How do leaders set employee up for success?
2. How do leaders encourage employees to ask questions?
3.How does management deliver negative feedback to employees?
Company Culture – you want to pay attention to understand if the company’s benefits and culture align with you and your personality and also your expectation.
1.How would you describe the work environment?
2.What benefits and perks does the company offer?
3.What benefits are focused on work-life balance?
Company Reputation – you should know a couple things about the company from the research that you did prior to the interview, these questions help dig a little deeper.
1.Why do most employees leave the company?
2.How would employees describe the company and its leaders?
3. What are the company’s biggest problems? How are they overcoming them?
Performance Measurements – you want to know the company’s expectations and how they measure goals to understand if this will help motivate you.
1.How are employees recognized for their hard work?
2.How often do you or the company evaluate employee performance?
3.How involved are employees in the structuring of their goals and tasks?
Future Co-Workers – make sure you have a lot of positive people around you that have the same mind set that you have.
1.How do you develop teamwork skill among employees?
2.How competitive are your employees?
Opportunities for Growth – you want to be setting yourself up for growth in this position.
1. What advance opportunities are available?
2. What type of education/training opportunities are available?
3.Does the company offer a mentor program for new hires?
Next Steps – Concluding the Interview – you want to know what to expect and that you both are on the same page.
1.What’s the next step of this process, and when can I expect to hear from you?
2.Is there any other information I can provide you with?
This is what that time is for – no matter how nervous you are muster up the courage to ask questions to set yourself up for success and even stand out from others. Please share any other questions that you might ask.