“So, After months of searching, you’ve finally landed an interview for the job of your dreams. You’ve chosen your wardrobe, you’ve Googled the company so you can intelligently discuss the issues, and you’ve considered the questions you could be asked. That’s fine. But if you haven’t brushed up on the questions you want to ask the interviewer, you’re neglecting a key part of your preparation – the part that might win you the job.”
Yes, asking questions to the interviewer plays a very important role in an interview. Please never take this as an indication of end of the interview. By asking a good question at the the end, you can create a chance for further discussion and later give a nice impression on interviewer about your awareness. On the other hand a bad question can ruin your entire effort in a good interview.
Well the objective of this post is “What to ask”, rather than “Why to ask”. The best way to prepare yourself with questions is by making a strategy. Basically I divide these strategies into two categories; High Level – The basics and Bull’s Eye – The straight forward one. Most of the time, I suggests people to make use of the High Level strategy. It is one of the basic and the easiest strategy. It contains only 6 steps.
High Level strategy
Step 1: Do Google/Glassdoor/Linked In about the company.
Step 2: List down the interesting facts (pros & cons both) you found in your above research.
Step 3: Create question upon the facts.
Step 4: Shortlist appropriate questions.
This is “THE ” Important part of entire exercise. In an interview process you can go through several rounds of interviews and can meetup numbers of different people. A good candidate ask appropriate question to an appropriate person and on an appropriate stage. Where as good question to a wrong person can mess up everything and even annoys the interviewer which is the last thing you would like to do in an interview.
In current practices interviews are GENERALLY taken in following stages;
- Telephonic Stage: This stage is just for scrutiny of you candidature. They will ask basic question from your resume and will make sure that you have enough working knowledge on what you have mentioned in your profile. I always suggest job seekers to ask these two questions in telephonic round.
- Question : Please can you elaborate on Job Description, What skills and expertise you are looking in the candidate – This will remove your doubts about the requirement and will help you to prepare for next stage.
- Question : On what areas should I prepare/work more ? – Please ask this question only when you think you have done well for next stage call. Again the objective will be to get feedback about your areas of improvement.
- Technical Stage1:
This round will be interviewed from a technical person to make sure that you have good knowledge about your Core field of expertise. So, try to be more technical here. Some questions are;
- Question : The projects are developed on ASP.Net or MVC ?
- Question : On which versions of JDK, I will get chance to work upon.
- Question : What type of assembly lines are used in your factory.
- Question : Is the paint shop follows spray painting or dip painting.
- Technical Stage2:
In this stage you will be interviewed my a senior technical person like Team Leader or Factory Supervisor. The questions should not be entirely technical but yes don’t forget to include “Process” in your questionaire;
- Question : Which SDLC model is mostly followed by your team ?
- Question : What type of backup process you have in your control tower ?
- Question : Which design pattern are normally used here ?
- Senior Manager Round
Here you will be examined by a person who holds a very high and responsible position in the organization. Here you should ask very appropriate, valid questions.
- Question : Your main Line of Business is manufacturing, then why software. – This question will help you to understand what is exactly they need you in their company. It could be Cost efficiency, quality enhancement, Fresh ideas etc. Use this information when you start working there.
- Question : I read about the downfall of companies shares, is it momentary or long run ? – Make sure if you are not from financial background never ever ask this question. I suggested one of my client to discuss this issue in the interview. He did so, suggested few innovative ideas to them and he was offered with CFA instead of Broker post for which he was interviews.
- 4.x. Other rounds like stress,brain tester, psychometric, hands on test etc. – Try to clear these rounds and avoid asking questions here.
- HR Round : HR will be a non technical person and you can ask about company polices and compensation you will be getting from company.
Step 6 : Ask, and Discuss. : When you ask these question try to discuss and share your views too. This will put an impression that you are efficient in work as well as continuous improver, Idea generator and helping in nature.
Step 7: “Nothing as of now, if I have any will come back to you surely.” – This statement tells that your satisfied with the answers they have provided to you. Yes you have to be, because it’s your interview 😉 😛
If you apply these rules smartly, you can earn more points than you normally get.
I look forward for new rules and suggestions, Best wishes for Job Hunt.
The next post will be about the Bulls Eye Strategy.