One of the most important questions asked at almost every job interview is, “Do you have any questions for me?”. You should always have questions prepared for when that subject comes up. It’s not just about asking questions; you have to ask the right questions. If you don’t, it can seem like you are either unprepared or uninterested.
You and the position
These questions show the interviewer that you are prepared to aim for success if you are chosen for the role. It also gives you the opportunity to learn some things about the position that weren’t listed in the job description.
Learning more about the position will give you an idea of what your daily routine will be like at the company. You will also get a better idea of the specific expectations and skills needed for the role. This will help you to decide whether you will be a good fit for the position.
- What are the expectations for the first week/month/year in this role?
- What is the typical career path for someone in this position?
- How do I compare to other candidates you have interviewed?
- Can you offer more information on the day to day responsibilities in this role?
Asking about the interviewer is an excellent way to build rapport. The person interviewing you may soon be a co-worker or even your new boss. It helps to give you an inside look at the type of people you will be working with.
This gives the interviewer a chance to talk a little bit about themselves. It will help you get an idea of what they are looking for. Asking about the interviewer will leave an impression on them when they go back through their list of applicants later.
- What is your favorite part about working for this company?
- What are some of the challenges/accomplishments that you have faced during your time here?
- How long have you been with the company?
- What made you decide to work for this company?
You are working for a company, not just your boss. Asking questions about the company shows the interviewer that you are interested in the business and not just the job.
It will give you an idea of where the company is headed down the road, the work culture and whether you can see a future for yourself at the company. Making sure you are a good fit for the organization, and not just the job, plays a significant part in your success down the road. If you don’t like the company's culture or values, odds are you won’t be a good fit.
- Can you tell me a little bit about the work culture at this company?
- What are the most significant challenges/opportunities the company is facing right now?
- What perks/benefits are offered by the company?
- Where do you see the company in 5 years?
These questions show that you are confident enough to bring up any weaknesses you may have openly. They allow you the chance to understand and address any concerns the interviewer may have about your performance or qualifications.
They also show you are confident and prepared to proceed through the interview process.
- Do you have any additional questions for me?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
- Do you have any concerns about my background or qualifications?
- When is the anticipated start date for this position?
Most likely you will not ask all these questions during your interview. You should prepare at least two relevant questions to ask at every interview. Be careful not to ask questions that have already been answered or were openly available in the job description.
Asking questions increases your chance of getting hired. It shows the interviewer that you came prepared and have a genuine interest in the role and the company.