Think of the thrill you feel when the recruiter says, “Our organisation would like to offer you the job.” That’s quite a validation of your skills, and a real confidence-booster!

After putting a lot of work into resume-writing, gathering references, researching and interviewing, you can see the fruits of your labours and have gotten a job offer. That’s a great achievement. But don’t jump to sign on the dotted line too quickly. It pays to ask a few more important questions of yourself and to the recruiter before you sew up the offer.

The Right Interview Questions for any Job Offer – Can I Handle this Job?

A new job means that you will be taking on new responsibilities. Not all your duties may be entirely new, but the way in which the organisation expects you to do the work can be different to what you’ve done in the past. This is why you must specifically ask your potential employer: “What are the expectations of an employee in this position?”

If the answer is elusive or imprecise, it may be that the company does not have any predetermined goals for its employees. Keep in mind that this can make life within this organisation difficult. On the other hand, if you get a clear-cut answer to this question, evaluate whether you can fulfil most of these expectations. Your ability to handle a particular workload within a given timeframe is the best indicator of whether you’ll be able to manage this job comfortably and to the satisfaction of the boss.

Another question you should ask your hirer is “What would my workspace look like?” It might make it difficult for you to handle your job well if you can’t work within a permanent, personal space. It might make a big difference for you to know whether you are working in an open office, a shared cubicle or an individual office.

The Right Interview Questions for any Job Offer – Is this Really the Job I want?

Do you want a challenging job or do you want one that will enable you to make a difference in the world? To achieve career success, you must have a job in which you’re motivated to work to the very best of your ability. Lacking motivation, you would eventually hate your job. It follows that such a dislike would hurt your chances of becoming successful. You need to ask yourself what type of fulfilment you want to get this job.

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You need to ask yourself what type of fulfilment you want to get this job. Once you identify that answer, ask the hirer the relevant questions. If you love being challenged, ask your hirer: “Will my role in this organisation challenge my cognitive abilities?”

The Right Interview Questions for any Job Offer – Will this Job be Satisfying for Me?

Most employers understand the need for employee satisfaction in an organisation and emphasise its implementation. As an employee, you will most probably feel most satisfied when you’re given decent employee benefits, development opportunities and the occasional raise.

Ask the hirer: “What types of individual or professional opportunities exist in this organisation?”

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Some common opportunities that modern companies offer are training, seminars and workshops. Training programmes and workshops aim to enhance or update employee skills. Seminars are an excellent way to build strong networking systems, and you’d also get the chance to meet other professional leaders. Companies that do not believe in providing such opportunities are practising old-fashioned management techniques. You may not be able to go very far in your career if you join such archaic organisations.

Ask the hirer: “What types of individual or professional opportunities exist in this organisation?”

 

Some common opportunities that modern companies offer are training, seminars and workshops. Training programmes and workshops aim to enhance or update employee skills. Seminars are an excellent way to build strong networking systems, and you’d also get the chance to meet other professional leaders. Companies that do not believe in providing such opportunities are practising old-fashioned management techniques. You may not be able to go very far in your career if you join such archaic organisations.

Ask the hirer: “What is the career path this position leads into?”

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A clear and detailed response means that this job is worth pursuing if you have a career objective of some day attaining a top-level position. If the answer seems narrow and confining, it’s likely that there is no great scope for career expansion in this organisation. Ask about bonus incentives. As an employee, you have the right to know what you will get in return for your skills, so don’t hesitate to ask about this.

The very most important question to ask your hirer is” “What are some of the top (preferably the top five) assets of this organisation?” This answer will help you clarify how much attention is paid to employees. If employees are not one of the top three assets of this organisation, chances are that your efforts will not be valued much by this organisation.

The Right Interview Questions for any Job Offer – Can I Adapt to this Job?

The organisational culture can be a major factor when it comes to fitting in at a company. If you feel like an outsider, the quality of your work will eventually be impacted. You can find out about the work culture by asking some questions. Ask the hirer what kinds of personalities make ideal employees. He or she will describe some traits that are generally preferred in this organisation. Compare those personality characteristics with your own and you’ll be able to determine whether you’d be able to succeed there. Ask about the company culture and vision.

An organisation with a vision similar to your own would be ideal for you. Modern-thinking work cultures aim for an interactive, fair and easygoing organisational environment. Find out whether you should dress formally or casually to avoid embarrassing missteps in the workplace. The ability to get along with your colleagues can make your workplace enjoyable as well. Ask the hirer: “What is it that you particularly like about the workplace?”

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This answer will reveal whether it’s easy to fit into this organisation or not. If there’s a noticeable pause before he or she answers, that can be an indication that it may be difficult to fit into the work culture here. It may also signify the existence of some hidden internal problems.

Find out whether you should dress formally or casually to avoid embarrassing missteps in the workplace. The ability to get along with your colleagues can make your workplace enjoyable as well. Ask the hirer: “What is it that you particularly like about the workplace?” This answer will reveal whether it’s easy to fit into this organisation or not. If there’s a noticeable pause before he or she answers, that can be an indication that it may be difficult to fit into the work culture here. It may also signify the existence of some hidden internal problems.

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).