Questions to Ask During an Interview
A lot of people tend to struggle when it comes to the ‘Do you have any questions for me?’ stage of the interview. Don’t panic. The interview process is a two-way street. You are interviewing the prospective employer just as much as they are interviewing you. This ensures you are both a good fit for the company. Do your research before your interview and prepare some questions that are versatile.
Take complete advantage of the chance to ask the employer some questions regarding the business. This ensures you don’t leave the interview with lingering queries and questions it also gives you the opportunity to reveal information about the company that had not been discussed. It allows you to leave the interview with a full picture of the business and its workings.
Amy Hoover, president of TalentZoo, says there’s another reason you should always prepare questions. “It’s expected — and if you don’t ask at least two questions, you will appear disinterested, or worse, less intelligent and engaged than a prospective employer would like.” You should prepare at least 4 questions for the interview so that if your initial 2 are asked you have a backup question prepared. Make sure your questions are relevant to the business. Don’t ask questions that have already been addressed doing this will make you seem uninterested and can affect your interview.
Here are a few sample questions that you could ask during your interview. These can be tweaked and made more specific to your particular role:
Is there anything we haven’t covered that you think is important to know about working here?
This is a great question to ask as it allows the interviewer to talk and it may give you answers to questions you hadn’t thought of yet.
Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?
This is a polite way to make sure there is no information you’re leaving out and the interviewer has a well-rounded picture of who you are and what experience and skills you possess. Asking this style of question will show the interviewer that you are enthusiastic and keen about the company and role.
How do you help your team grow professionally?
Wanting to grow and progress within the business will show you are hardworking, dedicated and eager to learn. It also shows your long-term commitment and goals within the company.
If you were to hire me, what might I expect in a typical day?
This is another great question to ask as it gives you an idea of what a typical day will be like. Knowing what actually happens will help you to make an informed decision regarding the position. It also gives you another opportunity to add in additional information that did not come up in the initial interview.
Who do you think the ideal candidate is for this position, what skills do you think they possess? Do you think I compare?
This is a quick way to figure out if you are what the company is looking for. If you match up with what they have listed, you know you can persist with this role, if not you can walk away and move on to the next position.