When looking for a new job, many job seekers get solely focused on the job search. But are you also focused on the interviews as well, specifically the questions you ask in them?
If you’re not, you should be.
As one of Phoenix’s top employment agencies, PrideStaff knows every hiring manager will be judging you based on your questions. And if you don’t ask good ones, you could wind up out of the running for the opportunity. Not only that, but good questions help you gain more insight into the position and the company, all so you can evaluate whether it’s truly right for you.
To help you in the process, here are some questions to be sure to ask:
What’s a typical day in this role like?
If you get offered the job – and accept – then you’re going to be spending a lot of time at work. In fact, most people spend more time with their co-workers than their own families. That’s why it’s important to demonstrate to the hiring manager that you want to understand what the position truly entails and whether you’re the right fit for it.
What are the challenges of this role?
In the hiring process, managers can sometimes gloss over the challenges and complications of a particular opportunity. But it’s important for you to ask this question so you can gain a more comprehensive view of the position, including the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s the only way you’re truly going to be able to assess whether it’s the job you really want and are capable of being successful in.
How would you describe the company’s culture?
Knowing the ins and outs of the job is important. But so too is gaining an understanding of the company’s culture. If you want to be happy and thrive in a role, you’re going to need to blend well with the culture. And you can’t learn about it if you don’t ask.
What do you like most about working for this company?
Beyond the question above, it’s important to take it a step further and ask for specifics from the hiring manager. This question will also help you forge more of a personal connection with the hiring manager because it’s asking them their personal opinion. Plus, if there are a lot of pauses and vague answers, it’s a red flag about what the company is really like.
What are the next steps?
The last thing you want is to be sitting around, waiting for an email or phone call, and unsure of when a hiring decision will be made. By asking about specific next steps and when the company plans to make an offer, you’ll have better sense of what to expect going forward in the process.
Need more help with your interview skills or finding a new job that’s a fit for you?
Get in touch with one of Phoenix’s most trusted employment agencies: PrideStaff. We’ll get to know your career interests, background and goals so we can match you with the right opportunities. From start to finish, we’ve got you covered. Contact PrideStaff today to learn more about how we can help you.