When the HR interviewer asks, “Do you have any more questions?” you know that you’re out of the hot seat, and the hurdles are pretty much over. However, this last question presents an opportunity to set yourself apart from other candidates.
That’s because when the interviewer asks for questions, most candidates immediately say no or ask routine things, like dress codes and lunch hours. However, the genuinely inquisitive and interested candidate would ask something more substantial because they look forward to their possible job role.
So when the interviewer asks, don’t say “none.” Here are some inquiries that would shed light on the company you’re entering and the role you’ll be fulfilling.
How is Success Defined in this Job Role?
Different job roles have different metrics, so it must be clear to the candidate how they will be graded for their performance. Key performance metrics are usually the basis for promotion and salary appraisals, so it pays to know the exact goals you have to meet.
This question also gives you a clear understanding of what the company expects of you. For instance, if you’re applying for a sales position, you might be expected to acquire X number of clients within the next quarter.
Moreover it will demonstrate that you are goal-oriented, and you are ready to be in full control of your targets. ;
How Will the Role Contribute to Company Goals?
Hiring teams are not just looking for candidates who can execute tasks; they are looking for people who can go above and beyond the call of duty and align themselves with the company’s goals. If the job description did not explain how the role fits into the company mission, then this is the right time to ask.
If you understand how the job position contributes to company goals, you’ll manage tasks and prioritize activities well. You’ll know which projects demand more attention and which deadlines are urgent.
What Strategies Did You Adopt during the Pandemic?
The pandemic hit almost all businesses, and a lot of companies had to lay employees off. If the company you’re applying to had no choice but to let go of employees, don’t take it against them because it was what suited their business needs.
However it pays to know the specific strategies that they adopted to survive during the pandemic. For instance, how did the fast-food chain migrate into online delivery systems when cities enforced quarantine measures? How did the plastic molding company deal with a sudden dip (or, in some areas, a sudden increase) in demand? How did the marketing company preserve a healthy clientele size?
This will give you a glimpse of the business’s stability and how fast the decision-makers acted to save the company (and ultimately, jobs for their employees).
How Do You Deliver Negative Feedback?
No matter how high-performing the employee is, they are bound to make mistakes. And the supervisor is bound to provide unbiased, albeit negative, feedback to help correct those mistakes.
Different people take negative feedback differently, which is why this question is important. How the company handles uncomfortable situations must align with how you want it to be addressed. Don’t be afraid to ask how you will receive negative feedback; this aspect of the company culture could be a deciding factor for choosing between two potential employers.
On top of these, you could also ask what advocacies the company supports — are they eco-friendly? Do they support the academic pursuits of their employees? Remember, a job interview is a way for HR to check if you fit the bill, but it’s also a way to understand the company better.