Going to a job interview is a terrifying and gruelling process. It feels like you’re the only one being tested.
But an interview is also an opportunity for you to test the company, and to make sure that they fit you as much as you fit them.
Whether you’re fresh out of university or simply looking to get your foot on the career ladder, these are the 7 questions you should ask in your job interview to make sure it’s the right role for you!
1. What is the job flexibility?
Compromise is important, but find out how much flexibility you will have with your hours, and whether you can work from home, to make sure the position suits your lifestyle (and visa versa). Find out information about the work-life balance of the job to ensure that you will be happy there.
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2. What opportunities are there for progression?
Many Millennials leave their positions because of a lack of opportunity for advancement. They’re left feeling unchallenged by a role and are forced to look elsewhere. Make sure when considering a job that you are aware of how much you will be able to grow in the position, or whether you’ll be stuck at the same level for longer than you would like.
3. What kind of impact will I have?
Asking how much of an impact you will have means you can find out how challenging the role will be, and how much say you will have in the decision-making process. If you’ll be left feeling bored by your lack of involvement, best to find out now to save yourself from ending up in the wrong position.
4. How much interaction will I have with management?
Find out how segregated the company is, or whether you will be able to interact with upper management regularly. If you don’t want a work culture that involves complete separation between those at the bottom and those in senior positions, take this into consideration and find out what the atmosphere is in the office.
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5. What are the benefits of the role?
This can mean finding out about the basic short-term benefits such as your holiday allowance and sick days, but it can also mean finding out about long-term benefits such as health insurance.
6. Who held the position before me?
By finding out information about your predecessor, you can find out more about the company itself. Their reasons for leaving, whether they were promoted or even the interviewer’s reaction to your question will tell you a lot about the work culture of the company.
7. Do you have any reservations about me as a candidate?
This is a tricky question because it puts both you and the interviewer on the spot, but it demonstrates your willingness to receive feedback, positive or negative. As long as you respond in a professional manner this can only be a positive experience, because you will have received constructive criticism.
Say all of the above and you’ll avoid this…