For job seekers, getting an invitation to interview is the first step towards a new career.
To prepare for questions from a hiring manager, it’s prudent to do some preliminary research: look over the company’s website, seek out comments and reviews from candidates and employees, and scan their social media accounts to see how the company interacts with the food and beverage industry as well as customers.
But don’t stop there! Hiring managers will do the first round of asking questions, but it’s crucial for you to come prepared with some of your own.
Why ask questions?
Asking questions demonstrates your interest in the company and the job. Their answers should help you better understand how the company operates and where you will fit in before you agree to take a position. You want to make sure this match is the right fit for both you and your new employer.
Keep these in mind
Here are a few questions to ask when the time comes:
► How would you describe your company’s culture and values? Companies are learning that employees, especially younger generations, aren’t just looking for a paycheck; they want to make a difference, have an impact, as well as balance their work and personal interests. Does this company embrace that mindset?
► What’s the biggest project in the pipeline for this year, and how will the person in this position help achieve those goals? This question speaks to the company’s overall progress in the marketplace and your potential role in its success. It shows that you want to be a contributing part of the team and gives the hiring manager insight into the level of ambition and enthusiasm you will bring to the company.
► What do you consider a successful first-year for an employee in this role or department? This question helps you define the learning curve allowed for you in the first 12 months of a job, giving you a sense of how quickly you have to grow your skills or settle into your responsibilities and contribute.
► How long have you been with the company and what keeps you here? Learning about why someone stays in a position can offer personal insight into the company’s ethics and culture.
► Do you have any reservations about what I would (or would not) bring to the role, department, or company? This question allows you to clarify or introduce any experience and skills that weren’t already discussed.
HR managers always ask candidates if they have any questions about the position or the company at the end of an interview. Having questions prepared shows you’re serious about the opportunity and truly desire to be a good fit for the job and the company.
Kinsa Group has a long history of working with hiring managers in the food and beverage industry and can offer insight into what managers are looking for and what opportunities are available for someone with your background. Contact us today for more information and learn what Kinsa Group can do for you and your career.