A lot has been written about what sort of questions to expect at your job interview, and how to answer these properly. But did you know that the questions you ask your interviewer are just as important as the answers you gave to his questions?
When your interviewer asks if you have any questions, he is still in the process of assessing you. It’s important that you ask the right kind of questions at this last stage of your interview.
We’ve divided the questions into two sets. The first is composed of those aimed at making a positive impression on your interviewer. We’ll call these Impressive Questions. The second set questions are those that will help you decide whether or not you would actually want to work for this particular company. We’ll call these Decisive Questions.
What sort of challenges will this position entail?
Jobs in Singapore vary in the demands they place on the employee. By asking this question, you’re letting your interviewer know that you care about this job enough to want to know how it differs from others in terms of the difficulty involved. During the interview proper, you already presumably showed your excitement for the job. Now you’re showing that you are tempering this excitement with a realistic attitude.
How would you describe a typical day or week in this position?
This sort of query reveals you are forward thinking. Your interviewer will see that you’re not just after the immediate gratification of getting the job. You’re also looking ahead to what happens after you’ve gotten it.
What would make for a successful first year on this job?
It’s a rare applicant who thinks it terms of vision and not just job. Asking this question shows you have a manager-type mentality, a definite asset in the realm of Singapore jobs. You want to know how you can make a solid contribution to the company during your first year.
What’s the yardstick for success for someone in this position?
Somewhat similar to the previous question, this one goes a little deeper. By asking this question, you’re demonstrating a desire to learn beyond what your initial job description covers. You want to see how you can progress further down the road.
When you look back at the person who did best at this job, what made his performance great?
This is the sort of question every manager wants to hear. It shows that you want to know what it takes to do the job well.
Do you see any areas I should work on so I can do the job well?
This question reveals that you’re willing to listen to constructive criticism. From a manager’s point of view, that’s always a plus. Also, if the interviewer has any lingering doubts about your abilities, this will be a great way to address these.
How long was the previous person in this position? Can you describe the turnover rate at this position?
For your own protection, you want to know if this has been a problem position. If the previous employee at that position didn’t stay very long, and if the turnover rate is high, that may be a warning sign of a difficult boss.
How would you describe the culture here?
Before you even sign up, you’ll want to know if you’ll fit in. If the company is highly aggressive and competitive, and you prefer a more relaxed environment, you know you wouldn’t thrive in their culture. This information is very important for you decide if you’ll take the job or not.
How would you describe your management style?
You wouldn’t want to work for a boss whose management style doesn’t suit your working style. Such a match would only make your job a miserable experience. Of course, your interviewer’s response probably wouldn’t indicate right away if you would work well under his leadership, but listening to the points he emphasizes in answering your question should give you a good idea of his management style.
How soon will you have to get back to all the candidates for this position for the next steps?
This is the last question you should ask. Knowing how long you’ll need to wait, and at what point you should stop waiting will help you make your plan of action. If you find out that someone else got the job, it’s time to look into your other job prospects. There are many other jobs Singapore has in store for you.
As you ask your questions, be sure to follow the same rules that you followed while answering questions. Be polite, respectful and enthusiastic. Continue exuding positive energy, and be brief and straightforward. And keep in mind that the most fruitful interviews are those where the questions go in both directions.
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