Interviews are meetings where both employees and employers assess each other. Prepare a list of questions to ask your prospective employer to show your interest and learn more about the inside of the company. Below is the list of questions to ask to learn as much as possible about the position, the team, the company overall and their expectations of you. How are teams organized/structured? Who is responsible for task management and workload? Is working overtime a common practice in the company?
Working overtime is not an option for some candidates, especially if they are committed to additional projects or have families. Working overtime needs to be discussed prior to accepting an offer. What tech stack is used in projects? What tasks will I be responsible for?
Candidates need to understand how much they will need to learn to carry out their tasks properly. If your hardware is not compatible with the software used in the company, you may have to either give up on the position or look for a solution. How is onboarding facilitated for new hires? Will I be given time and opportunities to learn if my experience is not enough for a task? Is there mentoring in the company?
Mentoring initiatives and paid education opportunities are common today but may not be present in every company. If it is crucial to you, you want to ask about this beforehand. How is the work process organized in teams?
There is a wide array of work tools, such as sprints, syncs, daily standups, retrospect sessions, etc. Some teams pay a lot of attention to work management processes, and others operate solely on chats on Discord and weekly calls. Are there any goals for the probation period? How do I know I am finishing my probation period successfully?
A regular probation period is 3 months, although it is made shorter very often. It is important to understand whether it can be done, what is required for it and how assessment works. What work systems are allowed (offline, remote, hybrid)? Is working remotely from abroad possible? Is transferring to a different branch/office overseas possible?
Many are intrigued by the opportunity to move for work or even get relocated. If your position entails future movement, speak about it to the HR manager right at the interview. Are any work trips planned? If yes, how often do they happen and how are they compensated for?
You may initiate a conversation about out-of-office events and your willingness (or unwillingness) to travel for work.How much is the salary? How often is salary/competence/pay raise reviewed? Are there any perks or bonus payments?
It is recommended to stay inquisitive when it comes to discussing salaries and money matters. Some positions suggest a fixed salary, while others provide piece-rates or a fixed fee and a percentage fee. Bonuses and other cash rewards should be discussed separately as they are an additional motivation. What benefits and incentives are offered to employees?
An office-based work system may provide a gym membership or a meal plan to employees. In turn, remote employees often get language courses or career development courses for free.Can I meet the team prior to accepting an offer?
Many professionals find it important to meet the team prior to committing to the company. It is natural to want to meet potential teammates in advance.Does the company offer any form of medical insurance? How are sick leaves paid?
If medical insurance of any volume is offered, then it is a helpful advantage. Even if there is no insurance, sick leaves may happen at one point or another, and learning the rules for them is important. Are there any team building events?
Getting to know the team in an informal setting should happen both online and offline. 1:1 calls or coffee sessions, games, online and offline meetups are a necessary part of any healthy organizations. Why is the position on the market now?
Employers usually ask candidates why they are looking for a job and what made them leave their last company. Likewise, candidates may ask similar questions, such as how long the position has been around, what the previous employee was working on and what you are going to meet with.Is there a chance of achieving a leading management position in future?
As with the past of the company and the position, the future should be discussed, too. The more you learn about the future in a company, the more realistic your expectations are.
You don’t need to ask in verbatim all the questions listed. Your choice should be shaped by your unique conditions. But it is our belief that upon reading this guide and considering the topics, you will be better prepared for your interviews. When speaking to HR managers, remember that you are a confident professional who has every right to ask as many questions as required to be sure the job is THE job.
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