Getting an exciting and fulfilling job as fast as possible, is the ultimate goal for any young professional looking to switch positions or start their long-awaited career.
So much so, that it’s easy to breeze through the job interview process screaming, “Pick me! Pick me!” without truly demonstrating that you’re the best fit for the position and without considering if the company is even a perfect match for you and your career goals.
While there’s no debate that you should focus on answering the interviewer’s questions in a way that demonstrates that you’re the right person for the job, you should also put just as much effort into asking questions that reveal that you’re ready to jump right in and that allow you to gauge if the company and position are right for you.
3 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD’T FORGET TO ASK IN YOUR NEXT JOB INTERVIEW
The next time you’re in an interview, here are 3 questions you shouldn’t forget to ask that will hopefully help you snag the job offer much quicker and give you more insight into what to expect if you were to land the role at your new company.
1. “What does success look like for an entry-level professional?”
It’s better to know even before day one what it would take to succeed in your position. Heidi Solti-Berner, Evolving Workforce Talent Leader at Deloitte, recommends this question because it allows you to understand the key qualities of high performers in your desired role.
“Once you have a clearer picture of this, you can better demonstrate how those identified qualities are aligned with your work ethic, professional goals and overall personality,” she says.
By asking this question, you’ll already have insider information on how to thrive in your position. And, you’ll clearly indicate to the interviewer that your main priority is to deliver results in your role. To take it a step further, once the interviewer responds you could use that as an opportunity to relay how you already possess some of the qualities and skills you would need to be successful in the position.
2. “How would you describe the team and manager I will be working with on a day-to-day basis?”
It’s essential not to overlook the significance of your first manager and team in your entry-level position. Yes, getting a job is important, but it’s even more important to work at a company where you’re surrounded by a team and manager that positively impacts your career growth and goals.
Recruiter at Fundera, Chelsea Kovak, explains that, “nothing has a bigger impact on your ability to develop and grow in a role than the amount of mentoring and focus you can get from your manager.”
“The question also gives a sense of the way the team will work together and can really prepare you for the culture of the company you’ve signed up for,” she points out.
Getting a clear understanding – or at least a few background details – of the dynamic of the team will help you assess if the culture of your specific team is right for you. Does the interviewer mention that the team is collaborative and works on several projects together? Or, does your team only consist of you and your manager? Is it a growing team and are they looking to add new hires over the next 6 months? Does the interviewer’s response excite you?
Asking this question and paying attention to the response will help you walk into your first day without any surprises, and is a chance to show the interviewer that if you are given the position, you’ll be able to fit right in with your team.
3. “If you were to offer me this position, what would you recommend I do to get off to a great start in this role?”
While the first question focuses on long-term success, this last question gives you intel on what it would take to stand out immediately.
Plus, Jeremy Payne, the vice president and head of operations at Remote Year, suggests that this question allows the interviewer to visualize you in the role.
You’ll probably hear a response similar to, “I would recommend that you…” And from that moment, you create an opportunity for you to reassure the interviewer that you’re up for the tasks and ready to tackle the challenges ahead of you.
Payne adds that, “It allows you to determine where you would need development and provides you with advice towards that development all in one response.”
We all know that when you’re starting a new job, especially your first real job as a recent graduate, you could be met with many rocky and uncertain moments. But the response to this question will help serve as a benchmark and guiding light while you maneuver your first few months at your new company.
Adding these three questions to your roster shows the interviewer that success and culture are both equally important to you. They empower you to determine if the team, position, and expectations align with your career goals and allow you to reaffirm to the interviewer that you’re the best person for the role in a more effective way than, “Pick me! Pick me!” Fingers crossed, after asking these questions, you’ll be clinching the job offer in no time!
A version of this piece was originally published by Fast Company.