A job interview should be a two-way conversation. The interviewer should be asking you questions to determine whether your skills, experience, and personality make you well-suited for the role. Similarly, you should be asking the interviewer questions to get to know the company, its culture, the job responsibilities, and opportunities for growth. Engaging in this way shows you are serious about the position and joining the organization. It also helps uncover the information you may not find elsewhere.
Be sure to ask these six questions during your next interview with a Texas company.
1. How do you define success for this role?
Gain a greater understanding of what the position involves and what is expected of the new hire. For instance, if you Knowing whether you might be cold-calling prospects or focusing on customers can help you decide whether the position is right for you.
2. What will be the biggest challenge for the person filling this role?
Understanding what you may be getting involved in provides greater insight into the position. It also lets you explain how you are qualified to handle the challenge. What the interviewer considers a challenge may provide further excitement for the role. Or, the challenge may seem too easy or outside of your reach.
3. Why is this role available?
Learn whether the position was newly created or previously occupied. If the role is new, find out the problems it may solve and how it will add value to the company. If an employee held the position, ask what the average turnaround is. Find out whether most of the previous employees were promoted or left the organization. If they were not a good fit for the role, find out what was missing so you know whether you can provide it.
4. What do you like best about working here?
Pay attention to what each interviewer says is the biggest reason why they work for the company. Many answers likely will involve company perks. For instance, if an interviewer shares that they are able to participate in their yoga class each afternoon and work from home after, you know the company prioritizes work-life integration.
5. Can I meet some people I may be working with?
A request to meet some potential teammates shows you have a sincere interest in the role. It also provides an opportunity to gauge coworker interactions, workspace design, and the department as a whole. This affects how engaged and productive you may be if you work there.
6. What would other employees say is the best part of working here?
Find out what the interviewer perceives to be the value that their coworkers find in working for the organization. This can provide a greater range of answers than what the interviewer alone appreciates. It also can add some validity to what they like best. Determine whether this aligns with what you value as well.
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