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Some Common Questions You Can Ask

During the interview you are being asked many questions by the panel and in all possibility you will be asked to shoot a few questions towards them as well. This is not an opportunity for you to have a reverse-interview; instead it is a platform where you can ask valid questions to gather information about the company, industry and job profile. Don’t pass this opportunity to gather such initial information but also avoid shoving questions on emoluments and postings. The interviewer may not have decided to pick you for the job yet. However, if the interviewer signals you to ask about such specific details, you may politely check on these issues. It indicates that you are interested in the job and the information can help you decide if you actually want it. Here are some questions you may want to ask:

Ask the HR Manager

  • How large is the department where the job lies within the company?
  • What is the hierarchy of the concerned department?
  • How much travel does this job require?
  • What is the rate of employee turnover?
  • Was the job opening created by somebody exiting the job or due to expansions planned by the company?
  • What are the possibilities of transfers and what are the general frequencies?
  • What type of orientation or training do new employees ­receive?
  • How often are performances reviewed and how are the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) structured?
  • How good the opportunities for career growth and promotion are?
  • What employee benefits does the company offer?

Ask Your Prospective Supervisor

  • What would be my job profile and responsibilities?
  • What are my immediate goals and what training will be provided to me for achieving them?
  • What role am I supposed to play in the department’s ongoing and future projects, if any?
  • How much exposure and synchronization does the department and employees have with the management?

Ask Your Prospective Co-worker

  • How long have you been in this department/with the ­company?
  • How secure do you think is your future here?
  • What do you like best about working for this department/company?
  • What are the things I should be cautious about as I carry out my work in this department/company?
  • Can you describe a typical office-day here?
  • Are we free to express our ideas and concerns in the office?
  • How are the opportunities for career growth and promotion?
  • Do the superiors encourage you to work independently?

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