Spin it around: 6 questions to ask in an interview

Spin it around: 6 questions to ask in an interview

Employers aren’t the only ones who should pose questions in a job interview.

As a job seeker, asking well considered interview questions can fill the information gaps, while also demonstrating your strong interest in the role and better-than-basic knowledge of the firm.

Try these six key questions to ask in an interview boost your prospects of being hired.

1. How would you describe your company culture?

By the time you reach interview stage it’s a fair bet you have done some homework researching the company. However, it’s important to hear about how the firm works from the hiring manager’s perspective. Pay special attention to the business’ core values, whether staff feedback is encouraged and any mention of employee rewards.

2. Is this a new position or am I replacing someone?

These days very few people stay with one firm for life, however it still pays to test the water to see if an organisation has retention issues.

The 2015 Robert Half Salary Guide highlights the top three reasons why employees leave a job, the forerunner being the search for better work life balance (cited by 30% of respondents in Australia), followed by seeking higher remuneration (25%) and career advancement (23%).

Asking job interview questions about why the role has become vacant could alert you to potential career stumbling blocks within the firm – or conversely, highlight a growing business that offers opportunities for you to climb the career ladder.

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3. Where can this role lead me within the firm?

You’ve read the job description so you’re aware of what is required today - but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on tomorrow.

Even if you would be happy remaining in the role as it stands, it is worth asking where the position could take you. Employers often gravitate to candidates with a sense of ambition, who are hungry to contribute more to a firm.

4. Can you tell me about your time with the company?

Everyone likes a success story. Asking job interview questions about the interviewer’s own rise through the ranks can shed some light on the personal attributes and soft skills valued by the business – as well as its blueprint for career progression. You may also be able to glean additional insights into the firm’s culture and whether or not it is the right fit for you.

5. What types of professional development programs and learning opportunities do you provide?

Employees often say that making progress, and making a difference, is a key driver in their career success. Sure, salary and benefits are the key draw cards of a role but it’s good to know the job could lead to opportunities for personal growth and development if you receive an offer.

6. How do you ensure employees have adequate work life balance?

Think back to question 2, where we noted that work life balance can be a major factor for employees to switch to another company. Asking job interview questions about the balance the firm offers between work and personal life will reveal a great deal about whether the organisation respects your need to juggle professional and personal lives.

This article originally appeared as Turning the tables: 8 questions to ask in an interview on The Robert Half Accountemps blog.

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