Interviews are a two way communication where candidates arte given the opportunity to ask some probing questions in order to determine whether or not the company interviewing them are a good fit for their career aspirations and their own personal business values. Below are 5 good probing questions to be asked:
Question 1: How has this role evolved?
The answer to this question will tell you a lot about the direction the company is taking. If the role has evolved due to expansion, this is a good sign of a company in growth mode. On the other hand, if the role evolved because the last person lasted only two months, this may require some future probing. It may be the case that the expectations of the role are set too high and the culture of the organisation is one of fast burn-out and high turnover. Some carefully crafted follow on questions should quickly provide you with a clearer picture.
Question 2: What has been the highlight of your year?
This question and response will give you a good idea of teyh culture of the organisation. If the answer is in relation to Corporate Social Responsibility nit will indicate that you are not joining a potentially cut throat company which is not solely focussed on generating profits, but one which has a social conscience also. This may be more closely aligned with your own personal values and ethics
Question 3: What do you enjoy most about your job?
If the answer is “people”, you will immediately know that there is probably a good team spirit in this organisation, where you will receive support and advice, when required.
Question 4: What are your objectives for the coming year?
The level of ambition displayed in this reply will give you an indication of the level of performance expected from employees. If you are an ambitious go-getter, who sets high personal targets, a high level of expectation could be an ideal fit for you on joining this type of organisation.
Question 5: What will the objectives of this role be for the first three months?
This is a good question to ascertain the amount of training and support you will expect to receive in the initial months or whether you will be expected to hit the ground running.
Asking probing questions in your interview is extremely important in determining whether your aspirations and expectations are being met by the job on offer.