What candidates often forget in the interview process is that the interview is just as much about the company pleasing the candidate as it is the candidate pleasing the company. Just as much as you may want the role, you have to think about if the company fits in well with your goals and values. Too many candidates forget this and don’t make use of the question time that occurs in an interview. Asking as many questions in the interview in order to make an informed decision about the role can avoid any mismatch in expectations from both parties involved.
Word of warning! At the end of an interview when you’re asked if you have any questions, please don’t ask straight away what the next steps of the recruitment process are. It shows a lack of interest in the company and portrays that you think you already think you’re good enough to be selected.
Remember, questions can also be asked during the interview; you don’t always have to wait until the end to ask a set of questions. Go with the flow and include any questions appropriately in the conversation. It shows real enthusiasm and interest in the company you are applying for. Here are some suggestions for you:
In a start up, there are numerous challenges and difficulties that will be faced. Try to pick out 2/3 things difficulties the company would like to overcome. Many times in a start up, the most valuable characteristic for them is to have employees that are willing to take the lead on something (a project /client/event/department etc). The biggest support you can do for a start up is to take away the worry. Founders/managers don’t necessarily care if you make mistakes along the way, but being able to say: ‘I’ve got this’ and to relieve some of the stress is invaluable.
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and don’t be scared that your questions might be ‘silly’. It is within your right to know how long you should expect to hear from the employer next and of course you want to know what the next steps are. Carefully ask this question and if you want to go the extra mile, email the employer a day or two later explaining one or two key issues that came up in the interview that you particularly enjoyed discussing and how you could see yourself directly helping the company.
Here’s to hoping that you receive the job offer and when you do, accept with enthusiasm!