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5 Questions You Should Be Asking in an Interview

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5 Questions You Should Be Asking in an Interview

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking. You may feel like you’re being judged, and direct all your attention toward the impression you’re making. You might even freeze up and have trouble thinking of anything to say. But a job interview is a back and forth. You need to gather enough information to determine whether the position is right for you. Asking questions can also impress the interviewer by showing that you are invested in the process. Here are a few interview questions to ask.

What Are Your COVID-19 Protocols?

Vaccinations will eventually bring us back to some type of normalcy, but it could take several months. In the meantime, you’ll need to continue to prioritize the health and safety of yourself and others. Make sure the company is following all CDC guidance for safer workplaces, including mask requirements and social distancing.

Also, take a good look around the worksite. Are employees following the rules? Have things been reconfigured to create plenty of space, including for foot traffic? You may also want to ask whether remote work is an option, at least part of the time.

What Does a Typical Day in the Role Look Like?

It can be tough to get a good sense of the day to day experience from a job description. Asking your interviewer about a typical day can make it easier to imagine yourself in the role. Of course, nothing ever goes exactly as planned, but you should be able to get a good idea of how things will generally go.

Can You Describe the Company Culture, and Explain What You Like Best?

Your interviewer has likely been with the company for some time, so this question gives you insight into the organization. Extroverts are typically happiest in collaborative work environments with lots of opportunities to collaborate, while introverts may prefer to work largely alone or in small groups.

Your interviewer’s favorite thing about the company may be something that sounds terrible to you, which could indicate a mismatch. Or she may have trouble thinking of anything at all, which might be a red flag. Don’t put too much emphasis on this question, but consider it alongside everything else you learn.

What Are the Metrics for Success?

Finding out how your performance will be judged can help you determine whether the job is the right fit. You might need to meet a minimum monthly customer survey score, or complete a certain number of projects every day, or hit a weekly sales goal. Whatever the metric is, make sure you are comfortable trying to meet it.

Are There Opportunities for Advancement?

A workplace that doesn’t leave room for growth is a recipe for burnout in the long run. If opportunities for advancement are limited or nonexistent, you might still want the job. In this case, start planning for an exit within a year or two.

If you’re ready to take the first steps into your future, contact Pro Resources today.