Interview the Company, Rather Than Just Letting Them Interview You

You have probably prepared enough for your interview by checking out the company website, learning about its past, goals, and where it is headed: but have you prepared for everything?

In an interview, you should be prepared to ask the recruiters a few questions of your own. Asking pointed questions about the work environment, expected tasks, company culture, and day-to-day tasks can set you apart from other candidates because it demonstrates that you are interested in fitting in with the company and making a meaningful contribution--rather than just looking to accept any job that will hire you.

When attending an interview, you have to remember that this is a two-way activity. They have called you there to find out more about you, and you are there to learn more about them.

This is the opening you have been waiting for to gather information that is not in the job description, and when you ask the question, the answer provided will enable you to make a decision on whether you want the job or not.

To ensure you do not make some mumbled responses, the following are potential questions you should consider:

Can You Provide More Information About this Firm?

The question will help you learn more about their clients, the industry they are in as well as the marketplace. Though the question is generic in nature, it can be personalized by inquiring about the workplace environment, and why it is a good place to work.

Is this Position New, Or Is It an Existing One?

The question will provide you with an idea of what is expected of the position holder, and may even open doors to a broader discussion.

If the position is new, make inquiries on why it has been created, and how your performance in that job will be measured.

In case the position is existing, make inquiries on who you are replacing.

How Many People Make Up the Team?

If you are expected to be part of a team, it is always a good idea to know who the other team members are, the role they play, and how their roles interact with your position. If you had talked about being a good team member in your resumé, this might be the ideal way to demonstrate this point.

What Would Be the Day to Day Responsibilities?

The question is aimed at finding out what a typical day in that position would involve. Inquire from the recruiter whether they can describe the areas of responsibility, and what they expect of the position holder.

By asking this, you are helping to ensure that there will be no surprises if you land the role and start working at the company.