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5 Questions to Ask in Your Job Interview

16 May 2017 By Vanessa

Now that you’ve finished your program at Pioneer Pacific College, the job search begins!

You might think a job interview is all about being asked questions, but it’s always good to have some ready for your potential employer, too. Prospective employers like to know that you take initiative and think critically, which shows when you ask questions of them in your interview. Not only that, but you’re choosing an employer as much as they are choosing you.

So the key is to ask questions that give you the necessary insight into what they’re looking for, while also determining if the role and company are a good fit for you. You’re probably wondering what kind of questions you should ask. Well, here are a few to get started…

1. “What are you looking for in a prospective employee for this role?”
Another similar way to ask this would be: what would make someone successful in this role? This will not only reveal a bit of their expectations, but reveal to them that you’re evaluating if it’s a fit for you. Truthfully, it’s part of the reason you should ask the question! If they are specifically looking for a quality or a skill that’s integral to the role but it’s one you don’t have, you should take that into account or maybe even forewarn the interviewer. Fibbing about a skillset or a personality trait won’t play out so well when they discover you don’t have it. On the other hand, the answer to this question may signal to you just how great a fit the job could be.

2. “What do you most enjoy about working here?” This allows you an insider’s perspective on the work environment, hopefully beyond the factual benefits of the job (which we’ll get to).

3. “What stands out about the culture/work environment here?”
At some companies or businesses, you may receive a straightforward answer that they’re professional and timely. Others might have a high value for employee happiness and a family-first mindset. No matter what the answer, it can help you to know if it’s the type of environment you want to work in and will fit into.

4. “Why is this position available?”
This will let you know if someone was let go from the position, quit to work elsewhere, or was promoted, or if perhaps the position was an addition to a team. Again, this can give you further insight into the employer’s stability, the happiness of their workers, and the opportunities for growth. Which leads to our next question…

5. “What kind of growth and development opportunities are there?”
If you’re hoping that your first job after your degree is one where you can settle in and move up after time, this is a great way to know if the job is a fit. It also shows you how, and to what level, an employer invests in their employees.

Before an interview, make sure to take the time to visit the company’s website and learn a bit about them – often interviewers will ask if you’ve done this or how much you know. Then take the time to brainstorm some of your own questions, too! Also, remember that you always have the Career Services Department at your disposal here at Pioneer Pacific College. Learn more about what career services are available to you today.

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