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At the end of every job interview, the interviewer always asks the candidate whether he or she has any questions. Therefore, it is wise to have these ready. A lack of questions could signal a lack of enthusiasm in the role.  

In addition, if you have more than one round of interviews, the responses could assist you in preparing for the next interview. You can ask different questions at the various interview stages.

The following are 11 essential questions that you can ask a job interviewer:-

Are there any long term goals of the organisation that you can share?

At times, many businesses are not able to share long term or strategic goals. However, they may be willing to give you a sneak peek into future plans. This is an excellent question to ask because the answer to this gives insight into the direction of the business.

Furthermore, you get to understand the future growth plans of the business. Is the business planning to roll out new operations or will it expand into different products and services?

If you are looking for upward mobility or career growth then this is critical. If you are the candidate selected for the role, the response to this question is fundamental insight into how you can position yourself especially during the first 90 days.

Always remember that while the company is interviewing you, you are also interviewing the business. It is important to be clear that the long term goals of the business fits your personal career goals, family commitments or lifestyle.

Is there anything else that you need to know about me to help in the hiring decision?

This question forces the interviewer to take a few minutes to ponder to ensure that they have asked every question. Many at times, the questions asked during the interview will be reviewed.

At times the interviewer may have skipped a question in error as they are trying to process what you are saying and make notes.

They may require additional clarity on something that you have said. This question really gives you an opportunity to strengthen your response or provide additional feedback if required.

I experienced this scenario in a previous interview that I did. The interviewer forgot to ask me a question from her notes. Had I not asked this question at the end of the interview, there was a strong possibility that she would have overlooked it.

Can You Let Me Know If There Are Any Allowances that Accompany The Salary Of the Role?

It is always good to be clear on the type of benefits that are included in your remuneration package.

Some key benefits include pension plans, vacation leave, health insurance and study programmes. In making a decision whether you will like to accept the role, if the salary is lower than you anticipate the benefits may be able to bridge this gap.

As an example, assume you are a recent graduate and you will like to pursue a Masters degree.

Working at company which offers a study allowance which covers the entire cost of your degree can be a huge asset. This can compensate for you accepting a lower salary.

Longer vacation leave can also be a valuable asset especially if you can monetise your time for example working on your side hustle.

What is the Biggest Challenge That You Have Currrently That I Can Help With If Selected?

This question is very helpful especially if you get the job as it provides you with information that you can use during the first 90 days.

During this period it is key to achieve some quick wins in the operations. It is fundamental that you attend every interview with a writing material to make notes. These will come in handy if you get the job.

What does Success Look Like And How is it Measured In The First 90 Days?

This response gives you the key performance matrix and set the expectations of what your performance should be like during the first 90 days.

During this period, your performance will be closely reviewed by your manager and at times peers. Having this information gives you a head start in the event that you are selected for the role.

Who Does This Position Report To?

Understanding who you report to clarifies the internal structure of the business. Cumbersome reporting structures can at times make or break your job performance. Does the role have two or more reporting managers? Would your performance be appraised jointly by both managers?

If you are applying for a role that is of an auditing or compliance nature, who you report to can significantly compromise your ability to be effective in your role.

As an example, reporting to a CEO may make your role challenging as the CEO’s role may be more profit focused.

Approving expenditures of a compliance nature from head office may not be viewed as priority. Having a dotted line reporting structure to a manager at the head office can make it easier to get buy-in so that you can achieve your objectives. Another example is if you are a project manager but you do not manage the budget required to execute projects.

What Are The Key Attributes of The Company’s Culture?

Understanding the key attributes that makes up a company’s culture can help in framing your mindset. You will understand how you to approach tasks within the operations.

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook stated that when she started working at Facebook she saw the now popular phrase ‘done is better than perfect’. Phrases such as these are mantra which guides business operations. It is wise to get an understanding of these at the interview level.

What Qualities and Soft Skills Are the Most Important To Succeeding at This Role?

In addition to understanding the company’s culture, one should know what qualities and soft skills successful persons possess who work and succeed at the company.

Does the role require you to be a good listener, attention to detail or a can do it attitude?

What Do You Like Most About Working For This Company?

This gives the interviewer the chance to speak about what they love and their experiences.

This response could give you an appreciation of what of some of the experiences that you may have working at the company and deepen your understanding of the company’s culture.

What Professional Training Opportunities Does Your Company Offer?

There is always the advantage of working with a company that invest in the personal growth and development of their employees.

Do they have internal and external training programmes? Some companies even maintain their own online university and have a learning and development team. This could add significant value to your career growth.

When can I expect to hear back from you concerning this role?

This response provides guidance into the timeline of communication from the company.

If you are preparing for a job interview, you may find the following articles on this blog useful. Feel free to click any of the links below to explore:-

How To Ace An Internal Job Interview

How To Ace A Phone Interview

How To Ace A Skype Job Interview

How To Pass A Written Job Interview

How To Use The STAR Interview Technique To Ace Your Job Interview

10 Job Interview Pitfalls That Job Seekers Must Avoid

35 Important Things To Do Before, During And After A Job Interview

Final Thoughts

I know that I have said this before but remember to make notes of the responses to these questions during the interview. Hope these questions can assist you with acing your interview.

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