For most of a job interview, you’re in the hot seat. Whether you’re vying for temp agency jobs or a direct hire gig, you have to patiently answer as many questions as it takes the interviewer to gauge your fit for the job.
This continues until the end, when the tables turn and you get to do the interviewing. Make a great impression — and learn a little more about the opportunity — by asking one of these four questions.
What soft skills are needed to be a success in the position?
You know you have the hard skills needed to do the job, but soft skills are equally important. Finding out which soft skills — creativity, negotiation, conflict resolution, adaptability, etc. — are expected of the chosen candidate gives you a well-rounded view of the position, helping you decide if it’s the right fit.
What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
A savvy way to find out if the company promotes from within, this question will help you get an idea of what your future would look like. You might find the position is currently vacant because the previously employee advanced to the next level or was forced to leave the organization to move up the ladder. Emphasize your desire to grow your career at the company, so you don’t sound like you’re already looking for a way out.
How do you see this position evolving in the future?
You’re far too talented to waste your efforts on a dead-end job, so find out now if this is an opportunity to learn and grow. If the job was created years ago and hasn’t changed much since, you’ll probably want to steer clear. The business world is constantly changing and you want to work for an employer who can keep pace.
Can you tell me a little about the company culture?
Having the right skills for the job is just one aspect of finding the right fit. If you aren’t a match for the company culture, you’ll be plotting your exit immediately, so learn everything you can about what it’s like to work there. Pay close attention to things like work style — collaborative vs. individual — how success is defined and whether most employees spend a lot of time together outside the office.
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