Questions You Will Regret Not Asking During Job Interviews

We rarely get second chances in life. As a result, only too many job interviewees had left the interview room only to realise that they had again forgotten to ask for clarification from the job interviewer about certain things. This lack of critical information might be what stands between you and a good job offer. So here are 6 questions that you should keep in mind and always have at the ready at your next job interview.questions-you-regret-not-asking

Q1) Could you give me more detail about the responsibilities of the position?

As a job applicant, you have every right to seek further clarification to aid your understanding of the job. Sometimes, the advertised job description could be very vague, such that it does not furnish you with enough information to make an informed choice. Asking this question during an interview, forces the recruiter to give you a better description of the position’s responsibilities. With this crucial bit of information, you will be in a better position to decide if the job is really for you.

Q2) Why is there an opening for this position?

Is this a new position – therefore the need for recruitment? Was someone promoted or transferred to another department – therefore the need for another person to come in and take over? Or is it simply due to the horrifyingly high turnover rate? Having the recruiter explain this to you in detail helps you better understand and even analyse the underlying issues that the company is facing.

Q3) What is the company’s corporate culture and management style like?

This might appear to be a pretty superficial question at face value, but the information that comes along with it will come in as a very important decisive factor, should you ever find yourself having to decide between job offers. Say, for example, there are two job positions that you are keen on – both of which carry similar titles and have nearly identical job descriptions. But if you consider the environmental factors, you will realise that both positions are actually very different.

Q4) If I were hired, what achievements would you expect to see in me during my first three to six months here?

This question enables you to achieve a better sense of how you will be judged and evaluated, should you be hired for the job. Listen critically and carefully to the job interviewer’s answer. Does it sound like you will be expected to fly towards greatness and results within the first few months? Or will you be given a grace period for learning and adjustment? Remember, unrealistic expectations and overly critical performance evaluations often make tough slave drivers out of employers and poor, miserable employees.

Questions You Will Regret Not Asking During Job Interviews

Q5) What are some goals planned ahead in the future for the company?

The interview will be so focused on what you can bring to the job that this question will come in almost like a breath of fresh air. By asking questions like this, it shows the job interviewer that you are concerned with the big picture and the company’s future direction. The interviewer’s answer will also help equip you with a better sense of how you will fit into the company, and what responsibilities are expected of you to achieve these goals. If it all sounds like a good match, then this is pretty much the job for you!

Q6) Do you have any doubts about hiring me for the job?

This is a good question to ask after you are done asking all the important questions. By being straightforward and frank about it, it forces the recruiter to give in and tell you whatever reservations they might have with regards to hiring you for the advertised job position. So just go ahead and be appropriately confident in yourself. Politely combat the recruiter’s concerns and give them even more reason to hire you as the perfect candidate.

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