At the end of practically every administrative interview, you’re going to face a daunting question: “Do you have any questions for me?”
Many job seekers struggle when it’s their turn to ask the hiring manager questions, largely because they are unprepared. Instead of saying you don’t have anything to ask (which can actually hurt your chances of being hired), it’s always wise to have a few questions in your back pocket.
Before you head to your next administrative interview, here are some questions you shouldn’t leave out.
What Led This Position to Be Available?
This question can provide you with a substantial amount of insight regarding either the company’s position or the fate of the last person in the job, both of which can be valuable.
For example, you may learn the role is a new addition, suggesting the business may be in a growth period. You could also discover it is now vacant because the last person in the job was promoted, suggesting internal opportunities for advancement.
Alternatively, you may learn the former hire quit without notice, which could be a red flag, or that they left for a big promotion, a sign that advancement opportunities may not be plentiful
Regardless of the answer, you learn something important about the company, giving you additional information that can help you determine if it is the right place for you.
How Does This Role Contribute to Long-Term Company Goals?
When you ask this question, you are positioning yourself to learn how this job fits into the big picture. You may find out more about the company’s objectives and aspirations, as well as where you would fit into that puzzle.
However, if the hiring manager struggles to answer this question, that could indicate the business lacks focus. It may also mean the interviewer can’t relate the position to broader goals, something that could also be considered troubling.
Is There Anything Preventing Me From Being Considered a Top Candidate for This Position?
This question is designed to create an opportunity. If the hiring manager has concerns, they can express them openly. Then, you have a chance to alleviate these fears by providing additional details about your skills and experience, and how they will help you excel.
Ultimately, the intention is to open the floor up for additional dialog. However, give the hiring manager a chance to fully express their concerns before you respond. Cutting off the interviewer mid-answer is never a good idea, no matter how much you want to jump in and showcase why you are an ideal candidate. Instead, wait for them to finish and briefly pause, then provide additional information that can put their mind at ease.
By asking the questions above, you can find out valuable information about the position, the state and goals of the company, and any concerns the hiring manager may have about hiring you. You also get a chance to reiterate why you are the right person for the position, increasing your odds of being selected.
If you are interested in learning more or are currently exploring new job opportunities, the professionals at CPS Recruitment can help. Contact us to speak with one of our knowledgeable recruiters today and see how our services can make it easier to find and land your ideal role, and ace your next administrative interview.