by Gemini Personnel 4th Sep, 2019
Some interviews may feel more like interrogations. Actually, they should
not. Close your eyes and think of a tennis match where the ball is hitting back
and forward. An interview should be like a casual game of tennis, where
questions are lobbed back and forth. They ask a question, you respond. Then you
ask a question, and they respond. The key is to ask the right kind of
questions. The type of questions you chose to ask your interviewer should stem
from what you need to know in order to evaluate the position and your future
employer. This means the questions you choose to prioritise should be well
thought out. Here are some questions to get you in the right frame of mind:
1. What do
the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?
how you spend your day is how you spend your life. Success and happiness in a
job boil down to the contentment of every day.
characteristics do you look for in employees in order to represent your company
to get more information on the company culture. You will get insight into what
is most important to the company, and what it values in the individuals who
3. What is
your favorite part about working at the company?
important to get a sense of your interviewer’s opinions on working at the
company. If enthusiasm flows easily, that is a good sign. If it doesn’t, that
is worth noting too.
4. What does
success look like in this position and how do you measure it?
crucial to have a good understanding of how the company measures success. What
are the key performance indicators for the role and how often are they
5. Are there
opportunities for personal and professional development?
this question, you’re looking to key into whether there are opportunities for
growth and whether the company has a Learning & Development program.
6. Who will I
be working most closely with?
question will help you get a better sense of the dynamics in the organisation
and, more importantly, in your day-to-day life at the office. Write down names
and ask for titles, so you will be able to do some (online) research after the
7. What do
you see as the most challenging aspect of this job or working in this industry?
the good is just as important as knowing the not-so-good. You also want to
understand the scale of the challenges you will be dealing with, right?
8. Is there
anything about my background or resume that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role?
This question displays you’re highly invested in the job and committed to
understanding your prospects as a candidate. Plus it will also allow you an opportunity
to respond to any potential concerns.