Asking questions at a job interview is a highly debated subject. Anyone you speak to about the topic most likely has an opinion on it, and today, we are here to argue for asking questions during an interview. Without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons why you should never hesitate to ask questions during an interview.
1. When you ask questions, you are deliberately showing that you are interested in the company and you are taking the interview seriously. Furthermore, it shows that you are not desperate for a job and you are interested in the company, the culture, and the workplace. Ultimately, asking questions shows that you aren’t looking for just any job, you are looking for the right job.
2. As much as employers are looking for an employee that is a good fit, meets the job requirements and can mesh well with the team, you should be too. You should clarify anything that is vague or ambiguous, such as job description, tasks, and expectations. The truth is you want to ensure that you are making a commitment to a company that values you the same way you value them. You’ll only be hired if you fit their mold so you better make sure they fit yours as well.
3. Ask about the culture – this is one thing that not enough candidates do. You know your personality better than anyone. You know what works for you and what doesn’t. Are you comfortable in casual attire? Do you prefer a more serious culture? What benefits does the position offer? These are aspects of a job that you should inquire about before accepting any offer. Great workplace culture can make you the happiest employee on the planet, while a toxic one can have you looking for a new job.
4. Ask about the career trajectory for someone in your position – this is important if you are looking to grow within an organization. If you are ambitious and looking to climb the corporate ladder, ask away. Don’t be afraid to ask about the trajectory for your potential job. Where is the last person who filled this position now, have they moved up in the company? Are they still with the company?
5. Ask what the next step in the interview process is? Firstly, if they can’t follow up or fail to do so in a timely manner, you probably do not want to work there, to begin with. The inability to follow up is a major red flag for candidates and sets the tone for the entire relationship. If they value you and respect you, regardless of the news, they will follow up in a timely manner.
You are all set for the interview. You know what questions to ask and why you should be asking them. Good luck with your interview and do not forget, this is a two-way street – they need to like you and you need to like them.