Applicants should almost always ask questions in during a job interview!
Asking Questions During a Job Interview
In general, international companies encourage two-way communication between employee and employer. This is a mindset that applies to job seekers! If the employer asks if you have any question for them, don’t pass the opportunity. It is a chance to show that you are fully prepared for the job interview, you’ve been active-listening and that you are really interested in the opportunity.
Remember that you don’t want to swamp them with questions. You might only have the chance to ask 2-5 questions, usually in the final 10 minutes or so of the interview.
We’ve suggested five questions for you to ask your future employer:
“What do you like best about this company?”
It’s better to keep the tone of the conversation positive: don’t ask for negative details of the company too early. Asking about the positive elements of the company will help you to learn a bit more about the company culture and the people you may be working with. This also gives the employer a chance to put their best foot forward and really impress you.
“What are the biggest challenges the company / project is facing now?”
This question is great to show the interviewer that you are interested and you have a problem-solving attitude. Problem solving skills are one of the top qualities that international companies are looking for, especially tech start-ups. Sometimes they might not answer due to confidentiality reasons, but if they decide to discuss this, it is a great chance for you to learn how to add value before you even start the job.
“What are the common mistakes that previous employees have made?”
Making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn, but why not avoid those mistakes in the first place? Asking the interviewer to foresee problems offers you the chance to learn more about the job, and also anticipate any differences in working culture that you might find in an international company.
“Where is the company headed over the next few years?”
This question is very important if you are seriously looking to build your career. Make sure the company plans align with your own personal career direction. This can save you a lot of time (even years): many candidates we speak to wish they had studied the company direction before taking their previous job.
“What are the next steps after this interview?”
It is possible that a job interview process may have a follow-up interview, or possibly a technical test or personality test. Asking the interviewer at the conclusion of the job interview will provide you with the latest information and may assist you to prepare.
Follow Up After the Interview!
Last but not least, always follow up with the interviewers after the meeting. Thank them and ask any other questions if it’s necessary. This is your final shot to leave an impression!