Interviews are awkward, almost as if by design. Companies want to know more about you, of course, but it’s important that you learn more about them at the same time. If you want to find an ideal job, you must make sure that you know the right questions to ask. Below are four questions that can make a huge difference in your job hunt.
What’s an average day like?
If you want to get a good idea of what your life’s going to be like in a new place, it’s best to ask upfront. Ask the person interviewing you what the average day would look like in your new position—the way he or she answers will reveal quite a bit. You can then use this information to make an informed decision about the position.
What are the best benefits?
Asking about benefits is a great way to learn more about the job. Rather than just asking for a list, though, ask what the interviewer considers to be the most important benefits. This is not only a great way to learn more about those benefits that you might not immediately think about, but also a good way to understand what the business tends to prioritise.
What’s the culture like?
Business culture matters more than you might think. Being the right fit for a culture is important, so find out more when you can. You need to know if it’s supportive, competitive, or friendly. It’s also a good idea to see if it’s the kind of place that’s going to support employees when things go wrong, or if you’ll need to keep a workers comp attorney on speed dial just in case you get hurt.
Ask about money
It’s usually considered a bit gauche to ask about pay rates, but the truth is that this information matters. Ask the recruiter or individual interviewing you what you can expect to make, and if there’s any room for growth in the future. While you absolutely want to make sure you feel like the company is a good fit for you, you also need to know that the money is right.
Don’t be afraid to talk to the person interviewing you. Ask about the company’s culture, the benefits of working there, and what you can expect to make. If you’re willing to ask these basic questions, you’ll have a much better idea as to whether or not it’s worth pursuing a new position.
Can you think of any other questions to ask your future employer? Post them in the comments below.