Job Interview Tips

All, Miscellaneous, Human Resource

While conducting an interview, I often ask the candidate if they have any questions and responses like “Not really” or worse “How long is the probation period? leaves me questioning the candidate’s actual interest in the job and the organization itself. 

 

My viewpoint is that a candidate today should mandatorily ask questions, asking the right questions gives you precise information about the organization and the role which will help you in making the final decision. This also lets your interviewer know that you have done your homework and you sincerely want to be a part of the organization. Here are a few questions that I would like to be asked during an interview process.

 

How new is the role and if not, how has it evolved?

This question will help you elaborately understand the role and it will also reveal as to how the role has grown over a period of time and the value it currently holds in the organization. You can then work your way around this conversation to speak about your knowledge when it comes to the latest industry trends letting the interviewer know that you are in par with the current developments. This will also help you understand if the role is in line with your career ambitions.

 

Can you tell me about the predecessor of my role and the team?

Information about your predecessor will help you define exactly what kind of skill set and experience is required for the role. And your interviewer’s appraisal of your predecessor will give you a road map that you will need to embark on in order to take your role to the next level. Synergy with your team members is an important element of your job. Get an understanding of them beforehand to develop a harmonious professional working relationship as soon as you begin.

 

Can you share the structure of the team and its role in the organization?

It may be at times difficult to comprehend the complete extent of your role through two paragraphs. Ask this question here to know which departments you will be liaising with, this will give you an understanding of your position in the team and the organization. This will also give you a brief of the organization’s priorities and processes which shall make you aware of the business expectations. It will also help in getting an understanding of how these expectations cascade down and are further broken into individual goals.

 

How often will my performance be reviewed and what are the training opportunities?

When there is a structure and pro-active approach in an organization, it means that the organization’s focus is also on the employee’s growth and development. It also shows that you are open to constructive feedback. Regular training opportunities and availability of resources are crucial for your professional growth irrespective of which stage of your career you are at.

 

Can you give me the organization’s growth chart and brief on the founders?

Yes, all of this information is available online but hearing it from an internal source makes a huge difference. Know that your interviewer (Recruiter/Reporting Manager/Top Management) has a huge understanding of the business and will give direct answers when it comes to Y-O-Y growth of the company and an understanding of the foundation which is inclusive of insight and foresight both.

 

From your perspective, how is it working here?

An employee is an organization’s biggest brand ambassador, and a recruiter has the additional responsibility for creating that brand. This response here will give you an understanding of the work culture along with developing a good rapport with your interviewer leading to a smooth interviewing process.

 

It is crucial to ensure that the interview does not lead the entire conversation, it should be a mutually beneficial process. Besides asking the right questions, you should also be an attentive listener giving the interviewer and the process complete importance. If you get the responses that are favorable, you will immediately know you are at the right place or else you are not!