An interview is a two-way street! Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skill set. In return, you need to prepare questions to ask your potential employers about the position, your boss, and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job for you.
In addition, if you do not prepare smart questions, you run the risk of the interviewer assuming you are not interested or haven’t prepared.
Your opportunity to ask questions usually comes at the end of the interview. You must prepare at least two questions that demonstrate your interest in the position, your drive to excel in the role and the fact that you’ve done some research on the company.
Keep in mind that best questions to ask are focused, open-ended questions. Avoid yes or no questions and avoid questions that are broad that they are difficult to answer.
Here are 7 questions to ask during a job interview:
- Can you tell me more about the day-today responsibilities of this job?
This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role. By learning more about your day-to- day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered.
- What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
This question could lead to valuable information that’s not in the job description. It can help you learn about the company culture and expectations so you can show that are a good fit.
- Describe the culture of the company.
Make sure you are comfortable with the culture and the dynamic of the company.
- Who do you consider your top competitor, and why?
You should already have an idea of the company’s major competitors, but it can be useful to ask your interviewer for their thoughts. Naturally, they would be able to give you insights you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
- What are the biggest opportunities facing the company right now?
This question shows your drive to seize opportunity may help you learn more about where the company will be focusing over the next several months.
- What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
This question can help you learn whether the company promotes from within, and how career advancement works within the organisation. By asking the questions, you show your interest in growing with the organisation.
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
This question shows that you are eager to move forward in the process. It will also help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can follow up appropriately.
Remember the questions you ask will likely form your last chance to make a good impression. Follow these questions and ask wisely!