Questions to Ask in your Job Interview
Remember a job interview is meant to be a two way street, meaning that you need to find out as much about the role and the company as they need to find out about you and your experience. If you do get the job you will be spending a large amount of your time working for people at that company and being surrounded by their company culture. I am not saying you need to ask all of these questions in every interview but they are good to know for when you really want to know more about the company and the role.
Why did the last person leave this role and is there a high turnover of people in this position?
This will let you find out about how challenging the role is and also find out more about the company culture of the organization. High turnover is never a good sign for a company, while there is some exceptions like entry level sales roles that naturally have high turnover, finding out about the current employee practices is great to know. An example here could be the previous person being promoted internally within the organization which shows the company support of employee development. The more information you can find out the better prepared you can be to work there.
What’s the biggest problem you are facing right now in that position?
Finding out what the expected work outcomes for the role is normally standard in the interview process however knowing what problems the company is having in getting to these outcomes is even better to know. For example for a business development role the company will always want increased revenue however knowing why they are having problems getting there is very helpful. An organization entering a new market or suffering from poor brand power or recovering from a downturn or reputational issue will dramatically affect how you will need to approach the role you are applying for.
How long have you been with the company?
I always like to know how long the person interviewing me has worked for the company and to try and get a sense of if they like working there. This is especially good if you are getting interviewed by your manager or a senior executive with the company. Getting an idea of who they are and if they really get satisfaction from working at the company will give you great insight to the company culture.
What do you see as my weaknesses in my application for this role.
This is a great question if you are not sure you have the “perfect resume” for the role. Getting these issues out in the open and giving you a chance to discuss them is much better then leaving them in the back of the mind of the employer. Have a realistic idea about what the employer will respond as weaknesses will also give you time to have well-crafted responses to alleviate their concerns.