When getting ready for the interview, most people prepare a list of answers to the questions that are most likely to be asked during the interview.
This is definitely a great idea. However, this is only one of the strategies we can use to increase the chances of making a good impression and finding a job. A good way to stand out from the crowd of candidates is to ask the appropriate questions to the recruiter. By asking thoughtful questions, you present yourself as a truly committed and interested candidate for a specific company and position, not just a candidate for any company and any position. that you can confidently ask during the interview and those that you should definitely refrain from doing.
1) How can a person employed in this position be a good addition to the team?
In most organizations, the ability to work in a group is essential. Asking this question shows that you are not only interested in the position itself, but also in efficient cooperation with the new team. This question is important, especially when applying to a company that values cooperation and teamwork. In the case of applying for an independent position, where the ability to work in a team is not that important, the question can be changed to “How can a person employed in this position be a good addition to the company ?”
2) Who will the person employed in this position work with on a daily basis?
Our associates have a huge impact on how we feel in the company, on our creativity and efficiency. If the position requires you to work together with other people, it is worth showing interest in them. This will show the recruiter that you are interested not only in the job position itself, but also in the people that make up the company. Additionally, it signals that you care about proper relations with co-workers and you care about being non-conflict. However, do not ask questions that might be interpreted as being too personal and intrusive.
3) How can the person employed in this position help the company achieve its goals?
One of the most important signals that a candidate can give during an interview is to demonstrate that he or she cares about the success of the company, not just about its own success. Prepare for the meeting and find out what are the goals and mission of the company. No matter how small the contribution of the person employed in this position may seem to the overall success of the company, show that you are a person whose participation in this success and striving for it are not indifferent.
4) What is the company’s general culture?
Not all companies share the same culture. Some are traditional and require, for example, specific clothing from employees. Others are “laid back” and prefer free expression on one point or another. The desire to make sure you fit in with the company’s overall culture shows that you care about non-conflict and being a good team member.
5) Can I work from home instead of coming to my office?
If your employer allows you to telework, he will either let you know or mention it in the advertisement. If this is an aspect of the job that you definitely want to address, ask for example what is the company’s policy on flexible working time. This question suggests an interest in the culture of the company (see point above) rather than imposing one’s preferences personally.
6) How many vacation days will I have?
Time to rest is extremely important. However, avoid asking these types of questions, especially in the first stages of recruitment. These issues will be settled before signing the contract, please focus on more essential elements first.
7) What will I actually be doing in this position?
If you do not know what the company does and what is the scope of responsibilities of the person in the position you are applying for, what are you applying for? Of course it is okay to ask questions about my responsibilities, such as “What my typical day might be like”, but if you have no idea what to expect, your chances of making a professional impression are rather slim.
8) Do you monitor internet use?
Even if you are asking out of sheer curiosity about the company’s transparency and respect for privacy, it sounds more like trying to find out if you can spend most of your day browsing your favorite sites with impunity.
Remember that when preparing for the interview, it is worth remembering about possible answers to the recruiter’s questions, but also the list of questions that we will ask during the meeting. Good luck!