Top Questions to Ask an Employer During Your Interview

One of the most common job interview mistakes you can make is not asking the right questions of a potential employer. After all, the interview is just as much about them as it is you. You need to make sure if offered the job, you’d really be happy working with them. It is unwise to take a job unless you’ve given it some thought, and asking these questions will give you some things to think about:

What is a typical day in this role like?

This question helps to establish expectations and let you know if the required tasks are truly within your skill set.

What do you like best about working here?

This is a more personal question but can give you insight into the actual company, beyond their brochures, website and initial impressions.

Will there be performance reviews?

How many and will they affect any potential bonuses? – another great question to learn more about your role, expectations and your future at that company.

How would you describe the company’s culture?

This question can help you realize if this job is for you. Rather than just asking if they like their job, you can find out if the way things are done there will be a good fit for you.

What is an ideal skill set for this position?

You hope the interviewer has hand-picked you for this interview due to your skill set and resume, but this question will help determine if you have what it takes. Job listings can be vague and if the hiring manager didn’t help with the job description, there can be discrepancies. Find out what they really need for this role and how you fit

What would you say are some of the biggest challenges are for this position?

Weigh this answer carefully as you might notice some warning signs. The last person in this role may have left for the exact reasons the interviewer outlines and they could be a deal-breaker for you as well. Keep in mind, what the interviewer sees as challenges/obstacles might be what you enjoy so the answer can help you get excited about the potential position.

Asking meaningful questions helps you look prepared and lets the interviewer know you put some thought into the process. It is always smart to avoid pay and benefits questions until you’ve made it to the next round of the interview process. Consider keeping this list with you for after the interview and making note about the answers, especially if you are interviewing at various companies throughout the week. You want to remember the pros and cons, as well as personal notes that will help you make a final decision.

NW Staffing Resources places candidates in a wide variety of positions. We can help you tailor your resume, and prepare you for your interview so make your best first impression.  With locations in PortlandClackamasBeavertonEverett, and Vancouver, our skilled recruiters are ready to help you take the next step in your dental career. If you’re excited for a new challenge, call NW Staffing today.

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