A job interview is a two-way street. The interviewer will likely rake you over the coals to gauge your fit for the job, but you need to do the same to decide if the company is the place for you.
You’re in the hot seat for most of the interview, but at the end, you’ll be asked if you have any questions. If you decline, you’ll miss your chance to learn valuable information about both the job and the company. Plus, you’ll give the impression that you’re not that interested in the position. Since you don’t want to commit either offense, be sure to ask these five questions.
How is success measured in the position?
Make sure your definition of victory aligns with the company’s. Some organizations value quality work, while others are more interested in quantity. Similarly, failure is considered a triumph by some organizations — as long as a lesson is learned — but others are only interested in racking up wins.
How will the new hire be trained?
You have the basic skills needed to do the job, but to be a success, you still need to be properly trained. This question offers a glimpse at how you’ll learn the ropes. Take it as a good sign if the hiring manager is ready with a detailed plan, but think twice if the training process seems to be pretty non-existent.
Is this position new? If not, why did the previous employee leave?
A lot can be learned from a little history about the job. For example, you might find the position is vacant because its previous occupant was promoted, indicating this is a place where you can grow your career. On the flip side, you could discover the job is newly created and the company isn’t quite sure how it fits into the team, meaning you job duties might change drastically.
What does a typical day on the job look like?
Requesting a preview of what your life at the company will be like — if hired — gives you an idea of what you’re getting into. You might discover that much of your day will be spent in meetings or that overtime is a frequent occurrence. Use this response to mentally try the job on for size to see if it suits you.
How would you describe the company culture?
Quite possibly the most important question, finding out about the company culture is a must. Everything from the type of work environment to the way employees interact with one another will impact your level of job satisfaction. Even if you enjoy the work itself, you won’t feel fulfilled by the job if you don’t mesh with the company culture.
Climb to the Top
The best engineering, maintenance, and operations management jobs can be hard to find, so trust MAC Incorporated to guide your search. We have access to exclusive opportunities you won’t find anywhere else, and we want to share them with you. Get started now!