Preparation for an interview can seem like an arduous task. However, it doesn’t have to be if you are able to research the company and narrow down a few questions to ask in an interview. The most important thing to remember is that the interviewer wants to feel as if the interview candidate is fully engaged in the process. It is important to have a few questions to ask in mind because no questions at all can be perceived as disinterest in knowing about the company’s business aspects. However, the quality of the questions is just as important as the questions asked.
The following are a list of five potential questions to ask in an interview:
1) How is this organization structured? This is critical to understanding the chain of the command in the organization as well as knowing the structural roles required for the position.
Some examples include:
Functional Structure- The functional structure includes employees who perform only a specialized set of tasks. This can be an engineering department that only staffs mechanical engineers.
Matrix Structure- The matrix structure groups employees by function and product. This is usually a combined organization of teams that work together pulling from one another strengths and weaknesses to complete assigned projects and temporary assignments.
2) What will be my level of responsibility?
This will help the interviewer understand a clear level of responsibilities he or she will have if an offer of employment is extended. It will help the potential employee also gauge the level of work and expectations for potential assignments.
3) What are the next steps in the interview process?
This will help the interviewer gain some insight in to how long the company will be interviewing potential candidates. In addition, it will also help the candidate understand the timeframe of when and how an offer is extended to a new hire.
4) What are the key things that a person needs to be successful in this position?
This question should seek to gain the specifics of what an employee needs to be successful in the position which includes the resources, software and tools required to meet and exceed performance goals.
5) What type of career development initatives do you offer?
This will help the interviewer understand the career development resources, tools and programs offered by the potential employer. It is also a great time to find out if the company has a mentoring or leadership development program.