During a job interview, you’ll probably have many questions for the hiring manager, ones that are necessary and important. But there are a few that should be at the top of the list no matter what job you are applying for because they’ll help you understand the job and company. Here are the top questions.
Why is the position open?
The answer to this question can tell you a lot about the job and the company. Some responses are positive and encouraging – the company is growing, or the previous person in the job got promoted. However, some answers should raise a red flag for you and prompt you to probe more deeply into the situation, such as the person quit or was let go.
What are the most important responsibilities of the job?
This will help bring the job into sharper focus. It is difficult to get a real clear picture of the job just from the job description. The answer to this question will let you know what the priorities of the company are and what you need to focus on.
How will you measure performance?
If the hiring manager has not addressed this issue during the interview, you definitely need to bring it up. You need to know how you are going to be evaluated, what criteria will be used to determine if you are performing adequately, poorly, or exceptionally well. It may also help to give you some idea of the priorities of the company.
What are the most important attributes for a person in this job?
The answer to this question will help give you an idea of the skills and knowledge the hiring manager expects you to have, as well as the soft skills that are valued.
What are the opportunities for career growth?
Everyone wants to move ahead in their career, and it is good to know what a company offers to its workers in the way of career advancement. Are there mentoring programs? Other training programs? Reimbursement for university study? On-the-job training?
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