Personally, I dread going to a job interview. I think everyone does. The whole process feels impersonal. I feel like the interviewer is going through a routine– taked his morning showering, poured a cup of coffee and ate breakfast. With a job interview, he will greet you, make small talk, explain the company and position and then ask you if you have any questions. Now, most people ask the few basic questions because they now interviewers expect them too . Well, I have thought about a few valid questions that I’ll bet most interviewers have never heard.
When an interviewer or potential boss says, “do you have any questions?” The interviewer is saying, “now it’s your turn to interview me.” You’re potential boss expects you to interview him to see if the company will be a good fit for you. Now, most people have heard this before, but most people are completely blowing their best chance to impress their bosses. I have thought of a few questions that you can use on your next interview. I will guarantee your potential boss has never heard these questions before:
1) What is your management style? How do you manage your employees and command respect from them? Are you the type manager that’s friends with everyone? Are you the type manager that people fear?
The questions above will help you determine your potential boss’s management style. Managers have different management styles. Some managers are everyone’s best friend, and people listen to them because they’re friends with them–other managers rule by fear. Their workers listen to every command that’s barked at them because they don’t want to get written up or lose their job. Ask for references after you find out his management style.
3) Could you email me a copy of your resume, or could you email me a summary of your company’s business plan?
You want to find out if your potential boss has the qualifications to run a company. Many managers simply become managers because: they’re friends with the owner; they have a nice personality; they’re a hard worker but suck a tell people what to do; or they’re lazy, but they great a telling people what to do. The list could go on forever. The point is find out if you’re potential boss has the qualification to manage you successfully. If they do great, if they don’t, you should find a different job.
In conclusion, you should never waste an opportunity. When an interviewer ask you, “do you have any questions?” You should take full advantage of it. You should find out everything that you need to know to make an informed decision on whether this company is the right fit for you. Remember you’re interviewing your potential boss and the company as much as the interviewer is interviewing you. Remember you’re doing your potential employer a favor if you choice to work for them. They’re not doing you a favor by giving you a job.