Congratulations! You finally got selected for an interview after the many days of submitting applications all over Nigeria. You are prepped to answer their numerous questions and blow them away.
However, interviews are not a one-sided conversation regardless of how grateful you feel for the invite. It’s also a chance to ask your prospective employers questions.
Here are some things you could ask at the end of an interview:
1) “What does success in this role look like?”
The answer helps you know what is important to the company and also guides you on what to do to fit in at work. Especially in your first 90 days.
2) “Why do people leave this company?”
This is a very important question to ask to avoid “I thy known.” The answer helps you determine whether this is a short term or long term role. If too many people leave the organization, it’s probably a red flag.
3) “Why did the last person in this role leave?”
Was the person sacked? Did they leave on good terms? It’s important to understand the company culture of your new 9-5.
4) “Are the skills from this position globally competitive?”
In this age of jaapa, you don’t want to be left with skills that are only useful in Nigeria. It helps if the skills from your role are useful worldwide especially if you plan to eventually migrate.
5) “What’s the pay like for this position?”
Let’s focus here because money makes everything easier. This is also a chance to sell yourself and finesse higher wages than they may have been considering. It also shows your employers that you aren’t afraid to ask for the value of your service.
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