Asking questions is an important part of a face-to-face interview, not only to find out more about the company, but also as an approach for building a relationship with people who might be future colleagues (and even your future boss).
While some questions are easier to ask than others, asking the more difficult questions can definitely help you get to know the company and the people with whom you might be working.
Below are five difficult and awkward questions that you should ask during your interview:
#1—“How would you describe the company culture?”
The more you know about the culture—and by extension, your potential colleagues—the less likely it is that you’ll regret taking the position. In addition, asking this question will show your interest about not just the job itself, but also the people who work at the company.
#2—“On what areas should I focus my development?”
This question shows that you’re a bold thinker and demonstrates that you’re more than happy to change and improve yourself. What’s the worst-case scenario? You discover that there are gaps in your development that are holding you back from this position. That information will certainly help you during future interviews.
#3—“Are you optimistic about the company's future?”
This question shows that you care about the future of the company, and it will also help you decide if you want to take the position. These days, one of the most important considerations for candidates is whether or not a company has a bright future. People want to work for companies with vision, potential for growth, and room for advancement.
#4—“Why do customers choose your company?”
This is another way for you to know more about the organization and its future. You may get answers that are similar to what you’ve seen on the company website, but you might also receive a completely different answer from the person conducting the interview.
#5—“Is there flexibility related to dress, work hours, vacation schedule, etc.?”
It’s typically not a good idea to ask questions about salary or vacation schedule during the first interview. However, when you’ve received a formal offer of employment, that’s a different matter altogether. You have the right to ask any questions, but just remember to do your homework first and approach your questions in an appropriate manner. Once you miss the chance, it will be difficult for you to bring up a conversation about these items or to make any changes.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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