As a management candidate in the job market your future career and long term job prospects could be reliant on asking these 7 interview questions.
Choosing your very first job, changing jobs or even changing careers has risks, and that is a why a job interview must always be two way. The potential employer may think they are interviewing you, but your objective must be to interview them at the same time.
Deciding to accept a job offer needs to be like any other business decision you take as a manager; thought through, evaluating any risk, what will you gain and does it excite you?
The 7 interview questions below are a good step in the right direction at helping you do just that.
1. Why has the vacancy come about?
It will benefit your decision making if offered the role to understand why the previous person has moved on, or the role has been created and why.
2. How many employees report into this role and what positions are they?
This will help you to understand the size of the team and clarify what positions they are, who reports to you directly and if you feel the team is adequate to meet the employer’s expectations.
3. Who would I directly report to and what is their history with the company?
This will assist you to form an overall view of your prospective manager and the company, e.g. has the manager been promoted from within, how long have they been with the company, does the company try to promote from within and if not why not?
4. What would you say is the most urgent priority for the successful candidate in the role and why?
This question is aimed at gaining valuable information about key expectations of the successful candidate so you can ascertain if you feel it fits with the role and that you believe you have the skillset and experience to deliver it.
5. In your opinion, what will be the most difficult objective to achieve in the first 6 to 12 months?
You are trying to gauge the realism your direct report(s) or senior managers have about the difficult tasks ahead and their time frame expectancy. If there was a previous person in the role, did they achieve this, or if not, why not?
6. How does the business or department currently stand against the main KPI’s and what are they?
At interview the role and company can all be made to sound efficient, professional and achieving numerous goals, but when you take the job it might not be the case as many new employees have found out at some point in their career. This question and its answers can also be linked to questions 4 and 5 above. Does it stack up?
7. Where do you see the role and the business in 3 to 5 years’ time?
This is a further question aimed at gauging the long-term expectancy and if you feel it is realistic for your long-term future career and goals.
The interview questions can all be asked in a slightly different manner and remember dependent on the response you might also have to do a little digging to get an answer that is meaningful. Best of luck with your next interview.