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Questions and Doubts in the interview
Did you ever wonder: “Should I be asking questions in an interview?”
Generally when the interview is about to finish you’ll be asked if you have any doubts or questions regarding the job. The common thing to do is basically say “No, I feel everything has been covered”; people do this to avoid putting the interviewer in a difficult situation or making them feel annoyed, but the truth is that this is not a good thing to do. That will be the one moment to ask all the questions that you have. Do not waste the opportunity to ask what hasn’t been talked about; this could be the chance that you have to be hired.
The following is a list of possible Questions and Doubts in the interview that you might feel the need to ask. Don’t forget to prepare yourself and rehearse the questions beforehand. The main thing to keep in mind is to avoid at all terms asking questions about raises, salary, benefits or vacations. It’s important that your doubts and questions in the interview relate to the investigation you’ve done about the company and job because it clearly shows the interest you have on being hired.
5 Frequent questions and doubts in the job interview
- What tasks and projects will I be in charge of?
When you ask this, you’ll be sending two hidden messages to the interviewer. The first one is your great commitment of responsibility as you will already be thinking about how you’ll face your obligations and tasks. The second one is that you are truly sure of your ability to perform the job. You are so sure that you almost give it for a fact that you’ll be part of the company. Remember to ask this question humbly because it is a risky but powerful question so you don’t want to come on too strong or arrogant.
- What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of the company?
Yes, we know. This question seems a bit odd. It is however an excellent way to show genuine interest in being a part of the company. Pay extra attention to the answer the interviewer gives you, that way when he talks about the weaknesses you can speak about the solutions you will be able to give them and the ways you’ll be able to contribute by helping them build a stronger and more productive company.
- What are the most challenging aspects of the job?
This question can help you have a better view about what the most demanding activities and responsibilities will be for the job. You can use this opportunity to confirm to them that you are the best option, and also talk to them about how you’re willing to take these challenges and turn them into accomplished goals. You’ll be showing confidence and self-assurance by being interested in the challenges that your work has to face, and being sure you’ll be able to overcome them all.
- Will I be formally trained for the job?
Being doubtful in this aspect speaks very well of you because you’ll appear as someone enthusiastic, hungry for knowledge and with a strong intention of performing the best way possible. You can ask them if there’s an established period of time for training, what the requirements are, who is in charge of imparting the classes, lessons or activities; and anything that you can think about the training itself. The interviewer will be able to consider your interest as a positive quality and it will surely rise your chances to be hired.
- When should I expect to hear news about my candidacy?
Without any doubts, this is a vital question in every interview. You must know how long it will take for them to decide who is hired, what actions they will take and what are the ones that you are expected to do. Sometimes you might hear that you should ask right away if they are going to hire you, or if there’s something in the way of you being hired in that moment, however, it might not be a great idea to do this because it’s wrong to pressure the interviewer or transgress the time the company has to make an offer. Knowing how long to wait can help you be more calmed and relaxed after the interview.
Many candidates are too calm or passive during the interview. They only reply the questions that the interviewer asks and never take the initiative to actually ask what they’re doubting or to create smart questions that improve the communication with the interviewer. If you are candidate that has no fear whatsoever to clarify doubts and questions, you will be perceived as someone with initiative and dynamic; qualities that all companies are looking for. If you’re in the passive group, try your best to ask whatever you have in mind, it is after all, your best option.
Have in mind that no interview is the same as another so different and new questions will always arise. Always create a list of your own with the questions that you feel need to be asked, that you think will improve the dialog between you and the interviewer, or that can show a little more of what you have to offer to the company. Knowing what to expect it is always key to reinforce your confidence and show assurance at the end of the interview.
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