It’s the night before you big

interview and you are running

interview questions through

your head. You have every

angle covered and are

absolutely prepared to be

interviewed for the role.

Although you are prepared;

you find that you are still

nervous and worried about

how you will do.

First off, you need to remember

that interviews go both ways.

Even though you are being

interviewed for the job, you

are also interviewing the

company to see if they will

offer you everything you are

looking for in your next job.

Do you have any questions?

At the end of every interview

you will be asked if you have

any questions. DO NOT say that

you have no questions. You are

missing a prime opportunity to

get all the additional

information that you need

outside of what was mentioned

in the job description. This is

your turn to do the


Know about more than the job


Make sure to spend some time

doing research on the

company. Read through their

website. Google news articles

on them. See what type of

projects they have been

involved in or are committed

to. This will give you a good

idea if you are interested in the

work they do and you will be

able to ask about company

specifics that you couldn’t find

out about online. This shows

your interviewer that you have

done your research and will

open up new lines of

conversation outside of their

other interviews to help you

stand out.

Beyond the job description

Find out why the role is open –

is an employee being

promoted or have they

resigned? See if the manager

can give you more information

around why the employee left.

It could be a bad fit or

potentially they have moved

on as they didn’t have career

growth. The reason an

employee left may not affect

your decision to take a role,

but you don’t want to walk into

any situation blind.

Goals and growth

As you go through the

interview and talk about the

job description, make sure to

ask what the role will look like

in both 6 and 12-months.

Knowing if the role has

deliverables will help you

know the expectations for your

performance before you even

start. The role may demand too

much, or even too little of you.

Don’t be afraid to ask how you

know you will be successful in

the role. The more informed

you are the better you will do

long term in the role.

If the previous employee in the

role was promoted, find out

what role they were prompted

to. This could be the same line

of career growth you are

looking for, or potentially you

would like to go in another

direction all together. Ask

about opportunities that will

arise and how fast this might

happen. You can even see if the

company will assist you in

furthering you education to

meet those goals.

Types of questions to ask

These are just a few examples

for you to ask. Depending on

your conversation during the

interview, some of your

questions could already be

answered. You can absolutely

refer to any notes you have

brought with you to make sure

you have got all the

information you need.

What do you think are the most

important qualities for

someone to excel in this role?

What are your expectations for

this role during the first 30

days, 60 days, year?

Describe the culture of the

Why is the role open? Why did

the last employee leave?

Where do you think the

company/role is headed in the

next 5 years?

Who do you consider your top

competitor, and why?

What are the biggest

opportunities facing the

company/department right


What do you like best about

working for this company?

What is the typical career path

for someone in this role?

What are the next steps in the

interview process?

Know your next steps

Regardless of the questions you

have asked, make sure you

know what the next steps in

the interview process are. You

will know what to expect and

can be preemptive in your

communications. You should

always send a thank you note

to your interviewer saying you

appreciate the time they took

to meet with you. If you don’t

end up being their next recruit,

you will have created a great

impression and they will

remember you when the next

round of hiring comes up.

Good luck with your interview

and don’t forget to interview

your interviewer.

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Published by Sima Sarkar

I am Anjan.I am a freelancer.I am trying to write day to day human issues.I want to highlight issues related to 'Mother Earth' as well.

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