What to Ask in an Interview

Asking is as important in an interview as satisfying your interviewer with your answers. You need to know what to ask in an interview if you want to derive the optimum results out of it.

what to ask in an interview
The funny interview scene of Step Brothers: No need to ask such questions
Interview is not about keeping mum or replying to the interviewer in a passive manner. You ought to ascertain your active participation in the interview by raising relevant queries related to your job. This will not only help you display your confidence in front of the interview panel but also showcase your interest and eagerness towards the organization and the job position. All you should be caring about is what to ask and when to ask those questions. You need not worry about the impact it will bring on your image in front of the interviewer. You will surely win the interview if you ask right questions on right occasions in an interview.

What should you ask in an interview?

A glass of water

The first and foremost thing you should learn before facing an interview is being frank in front of the interviewer. It means that if you need a glass of water, you have all the authority to ask for it, especially when the interview is supposed to last for a long time. As for the sake of etiquettes, you should always remember to ask for a seat in an interview if you are not already offered one or you are unsure about your seat. There is nothing wrong about being a bit candid.

About the organization

You are supposed to thoroughly research about the organization and its policies before entering into the interview premises. It never implies that you can know everything about an organization. Interview is the best place to satisfy the doubts that arise in your mind about the organization for which you have applied. It is here that you should seek answer to those qualms rather than finding them the wrong way. Just make sure you don’t ask any silly or stupid question about the organization. The interviewer should be assured that you already know much about the organization but are interested in digging more.

About your job responsibilities

It is better to know your job responsibilities in detail before you actually get to handle them. Instead of letting the interviewer decide where you fit for the job, you too should know about how well you can adjust to your duties. No use cracking the interview and finding it hard to cope with the job.

About growth opportunities

With time, your needs will grow and so should your salary along with your greater skills and experience. An organization that cannot promote career development of it’s employees is like a tide in the ocean. Every month you will get the salary, but move no further in your career. The result will be that when you leave the organization owing to any reason, you will get zero value of your experience elsewhere. You should therefore, always join an organization where you have a greater learning potential, earning potential is what will follow you in the future.

About your salary

Salary discussion is a point that should never be raised by you unless and until it is really very essential. You should wait for the interviewer to commence on this topic and should be really miser about speaking your mind. Thing that should interest you here should be your salary structure. You should prudently negotiate to arrive at the best structure keeping in mind all the tax deductions, your savings and investment needs. Once fixed, you have to accept it for a long time.

About the amenities

You should also inquire about the facilities provided by the organization- on the field and off the field. Some jobs may require pick and drop facility while some others may call for break time refreshments and meals. Services provided by the companies are an added advantage to the employees and reflect the value proposition of the organization. Some jobs with greater amenities and lesser salaries are preferable to higher paying jobs with least comfort.

When to ask your questions?

In addition to asking the right question, you should also be concerned about the right time to ask a question. A right question at a wrong time may lead to a greater trouble. As far as asking frequency is concerned, the more time you spend with the interviewer the greater is your say-so and your duty to resolve the reservations. The moment the interviewer seems to be satisfied with you, it is the time for him to satisfy you. Throw in your questions when you think the interviewer is blank or struggling to find a question. Also remember to break up your questions and use them at different time intervals. Asking too many questions repeatedly in an interview may backfire. So the next time you go for an interview, open your mouth for the good. Jai Ho !!!

 For more tips on cracking interviews please read the post- What to Do for Interview