Posted February 09, 2015 by

Questions you can ask employers during a job interview

Man and woman - a job interview or business meeting. Male student came to the office to get a job. HR Manager conducts the first interview. Agree on. Discuss the possibilities of business cooperation.

Man and woman – a job interview or business meeting. Male student came to the office to get a job. HR Manager conducts the first interview. Agree on. Discuss the possibilities of business cooperation. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Job interviews tend to change for the better. They no longer resemble a sort of specific oral exam during which you just answer questions and solve quizzes. Instead, they look like a conversation of two equal partners. Career experts agree that interviewees who choose to ask thoughtful questions seem to stand out from the pack and, consequently, have better chances of landing a job. What questions should you ask to get the competitive edge? Take a look at our suggestions.

1. What is the single largest problem your staff is facing?

This question will show the interviewer that you are not afraid of challenges and you are willing to act in the face of crisis. Thanks to that, the recruiter will see you as a responsible and mature candidate, who is not running away from problems.

2. How do you evaluate employee performance?

This question is a great way to demonstrate that you care for the actual results of your work. You understand the value of commitment and you want to set accurate goals and objectives for upcoming months. It also shows that you are not afraid of constructive criticism.

3. How did the position evolve over the years?

This question can kick off a great conversation about the past and the future of the company. It’s also the best time to present your ideas about developing this position.

4. Is this a new position?

Although it may sound a bit nosey, don’t forget to find out the history of the position you apply for. You should know whether a previous employee has quit because of personal or professional reasons.

5. What will my main responsibilities be over the next few months?

This question will not only demonstrate your confidence, as its syntax implies that you will get the job, but it will also help you determine if the offer meets your expectations.

6. How would you describe a typical week in this position?

Inquiring about office routines suggests you respect the company’s policy and you are a team player willing to adapt to new circumstances.

7. Do you have any questions about my qualifications?

Towards the end of the interview remember to ask for recruiter’s impressions. It shows that you are confident in your abilities, and at the same time you would like to hear some constructive feedback.

8. What is the next step in the process?

To end on a high note, ask about the next interview stages. It will assure the recruiter that you are still interested in the position.

Next time you are at a job interview consider asking some of these universal questions. We guarantee they will work to your advantage.

Cindy Boesel works at BizStats.co.uk. She is interested in the British startup scene and the ways mobile is changing business globally.

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