You’ve landed an interview with a great company. Congratulations! But if you treat the interview solely as a chance to sell yourself, you’re missing out.
The best interviews are dialogues; you have a conversation with the interviewer, with the shared goal of finding out whether you both think this relationship is going to work. To learn whether your “dream” employer will deliver in reality – and to set yourself apart from other candidates – here are eight questions to ask during your interview:
- How does this company define and measure success? This question telegraphs you want to succeed. It also helps you determine whether the company really supports employee growth – or if you’ll end up in a “dead end” position in a few short years.
- What’s the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days? Here, you’re indicating that you plan to “work smarter” – and gaining the information you need to do just that. If the answer is vague or unrealistic, think carefully about whether this company is invested in your growth.
- What are the company’s core values, and how would I contribute to them? Most employers want their workers thinking about the “big picture.” It helps employees do better work and collaborate more knowledgeably. By asking this question, you’re indicating you want to be the kind of employee who makes a real difference.
- Now that we’ve talked about the job and my qualifications, do you have any concerns about my ability to succeed in this position? While you know you’re not perfect, you’re dedicated to improving. If the hiring manager voices any concerns, you can address them with a specific action plan.
- How long is the average employee with the company? While some jobs naturally have high turnover, the shorter the average tenure, the more you should be concerned. Companies that invest in employee growth and offer the support their staff need tend to have employees who stay for the long haul.
- Who should I speak to if I have any additional questions? Be proactive by asking who you should contact with further questions. It communicates your enthusiasm for the job – and gives you a resource if questions come up.
- What do you like most about working here? The answer to this question tells you a lot about the company’s culture and its strengths. It gives you a personal view into the company’s world and the sort of people who thrive in it.
- What is the next step in the hiring process? Prepare yourself for the next step and demonstrate your enthusiasm for continuing the process with one simple question!
At Marquee Staffing, our recruiters work with you at every step of the job-search process to help you find the best position for your talents in less time. Contact us today to learn more about our job opportunities in Southern California.