Interviewing for a job is a two-way street. It is not only about selling your self to your potential employer, but is also the time for you to figure out if the position and organization are a good fit for you. You need to use the interview to gain a solid understanding of what is expected of you and where you can take this position. The best way to do this is by asking questions about the company and the position during your interview.
Here are the top questions to ask during an interview:
How would you describe the culture of the organization?
This question allows you to figure out if you would fit in well within the organization. This is important so that you know what to expect out of the company and it also shows the interviewer that you are interested in contributing to this culture.
How would my performance be evaluated and what would I need to accomplish to receive an excellent review on my performance review?
The interviewer has to see you as being successful in the position to answer this question and it also gives you the opportunity to learn exactly what is expected of you.
Can you explain your training policy to me?
Beginning a new job can be intimidating and it takes much time and guidance to familiarize your self with your responsibility and the organization. This question will allow you to already know what guidance will be provided for you and how the company will support you throughout your career.
If I receive this position, what would a typical workday be like?
This question shows you if the employer knows what his needs are from this position and the responsibilities you would have on a day-to-day basis. If he cannot provide you with a solid answer, you should take caution and gather further information on the position so that you know exactly what you are getting into.
What individuals and departments would I be working with in this position?
This tells you how involved your position would be and allows you to see if your personality would work well with those you would be working with.
What are some of the things you enjoy about working with this company?
With this question you can judge how satisfied the employees are with the company. If you do not get a positive feeling after hearing his answer, you should talk to other employees before accepting any job offer.
Where do you see the company going in the next couple of years and how do you think this position will evolve and contribute to this growth?
You want to make sure the job offers you the potential to grow in your career and that your personal goals compliment those of the organization.
All of these questions are open-ended, positive, and future-focused. They also allow you to get a better feel for what the company is like and the attitude surrounding the workplace. Remember, it is just as important for you to fit the job as it is for the job to fit you.