The need to ask good questions
At some point during your job interview session, usually after you have been grilled and put through you paces, the interviewer will probably ask you whether you have any questions or concerns you want to raise. It is absolutely essential that you have prepared yourself to be able to ask some good questions because this will show the interviewer that you have prepared yourself properly for the interview and that you do have a genuine interest in the company and the position plus it also demonstrates that you have confidence and it certainly enhances your chances of being offered the job.
What are good questions
Do what does constitute a good question? You have to ensure that your questions are not simple ones that anybody can find the answer to because those are the questions that average candidate will ask and they are the ones who don’t get the jobs.
Maybe you can ask about how the offices are laid out, are they open plan or cubicles etc. Do they have people working remotely and if so what percentage and how are they managed. Questions about the management structure and the mix of males and females, are also good particularly asking about what kind of training and mentoring the managers have, Given your career progress will be very much determined and influenced by your managers its always useful to find out how well they are trained.
Also good are questions about what the technology used in the company looks like. Do they expect you to check your emails etc at home and at weekends and if so do they provide you with the tools and processes to support this. Ask about meetings. In the corporate world these days so much time is devoted to physical or conference call based meetings many of which are a waste of everybody’s time. Don’t actually say this during your interview but finding out about the meeting culture of the company is both useful plus is a good question.
So good luck in your next job interview and don’t forget to ask some good questions.
Steve Blythe (Recruitment and Social Media Commentator).