Certainly, a job interview is about selling yourself to the company, to the hiring manager. But too many candidates go in into an interview not realizing that by rights, the company should be trying to sell them the job too. The questions you ask of the company as a candidate can be just as important as the questions you get asked yourself. If you go in there only trying to sell yourself to the company, you look too desperate, like you would do anything for a job. If you go in there and ask questions that don’t seem completely relevant, it becomes clear that you don’t really have much of an idea. What you need to do is a lot of homework to try and understand what job interview questions you can ask of the hiring manager that would be relevant, that would show them that you have personal standards to uphold.
Here are a few job interview questions that you would probably want to ask of any hiring manager to know how clear the company is about your responsibilities:
1. How long has the position you are interviewing me for existed, and how did it happen to come about? Certainly, this question can seem a little overconfident. But it can help you understand the circumstances under which the job was created. Does the company need new staff because it’s expanding? Perhaps the position has existed for a long time, but it has high turnover because it entails working under a pushy boss. If you can tactfully ask all these questions, you will seem a lot more serious about the job that anyone who doesn’t.
2. If you want to think of some great job interview questions to ask, all you need is to try to turn around a question that you can expect they would ask you. You know how they’re always asking you why you would like to work for the company? Ask the interviewing staff instead, what they like about working for their organization. You don’t want them to stutter and stammer, because that would show you that perhaps there was something unpleasant about working there.
3. Do you realize that they always ask you what you can bring to the job? Ask them what resources they make available to your job. If you ask them what kind of results they expect you to produce, you can hold it up against the resources they make available to you and find out if they’ll expect you to produce impossible levels of performance.
As you leave the interview, ask to have the interviewer’s business card. It’ll be a great way for you to send a thank you note. They expect those these days.