With professionalism slowly becoming a benchmark in the social sector, the expectations of both employers and employees for each other have reached a new level. Given the fact that job interview is the first formal space when an interviewee interacts with the potential employer, the interaction becomes really important. From securing admission in institutions of learning to securing job, they walk along with you for a substantial part both in academic as well as professional life.
The ones who have gone through it will agree that thought of interview can make one feel butterflies in the stomach. The only respite is thorough preparation and confidence in your capabilities to make your way through those deciding minutes with the interviewers. Confident, assertive, informed and empathetic individual is what most of the interviewers are looking for today in their potential employees in the social sector.
In the contemporary times interviews as a space are maturing more or less into an egalitarian space and interviewer is not expecting the interviewee to sit meekly in front of the panel of interviewers and only answer the questions asked concerning technical, soft skills and social skills. Today proactiveness from the interviewees is subtly desired. Though questions are desired but it is not expected that interviewee should ask for the information available on the public domain. Interviewers will surely appreciate if you have done your homework and only ask relevant questions regarding your work and the organization. Genuine questions asked will always be welcome but at the same time showing off your wealth of knowledge and challenging the knowledge of interviewers by using inappropriate connotations may result fatal and won’t add to chances of securing the job. Questioning attitude in such a scenario becomes a double edged sword, as on the one hand it might reflect your inquisitiveness and inquest for clarity in mind, on the other hand if inappropriate connotation is implied the result might not be as pleasant.
One of our regular readers, Sidharth recently went through an interview for securing a job in one of the premier social sector organizations and managed to secure the job. During the interview when offered Sidharth asked the interviewers about the nature of work, systems, structures and policies of the organization. Here are some of the essential questions which he asked and any social sector aspirant must ask his potential employers before making an informed choice on joining the organization.
Well above mentioned are some of the questions which you can and should be asking your potential employer, but always remember there is no hard and fast rule. One can ask questions which he/she thinks are essential but essentially the bottom line remains that you do not ask the obvious questions which you are expected to know. Last and the final thing would be to maintain a genuine and positive approach while posing your questions in an appropriate manner. With that best wishes for your future job interviews.