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10 key questions you can ask your interviewer

Posted by: Bethany Lee
05/02/2020
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Well done you’ve almost got through that dreaded interview, you’ve answered all the tough questions about your experience, skills and knowledge.
But before you get to leave, you will probably be faced with one last question…

“Do you have any questions for us?”

An interview isn’t just the chance for the company find out more about you—it’s your opportunity to find out whether the job and the company is the right fit for you.

This means it is important to go to your interview prepared with some questions to ask of your own. What do you want to know about the position? The company? The department? The team?

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To help you get prepared for your upcoming interview, we’ve put together a list of 10 key questions you can ask in your interview. You don’t necessarily need to ask all of the questions below but select a few that will be a good fit for the role you’re hoping to take on and the company you’re looking to work in.

1. What does a typical day look like?
By asking about the day-to-day responsibilities, you’ll get a better idea of what you’ll be doing everyday (and not just what is says in the job description). From there, you can determine if this is the right position for you.

2. Why do you like working here?
It’s important to get a sense of your interviewer’s opinions about working there. If enthusiasm flows easily, that’s a great sign. If it doesn’t, that is worth noting too.

3. What are you hoping the successful candidate will accomplish on the first week, month, and year of the job?
From this question you can understand what your employer’s expectations are for the person in this position

4. How Will My Success Be Measured?
This question shows the employer that you are goal-orientated and want to focus on what is important to them. It also gives you an insight into the position’s workload and demands. And if the employer can’t answer this question? That may mean the culture is more reactive than you might appreciate.

5. What are some of the challenges or roadblocks one might come up against in this role?
This question can show the interviewer that you can genuinely envision yourself in the role thinking through a plan of attack, should you land the role. It also shows that you understand every job comes with challenges but that you are prepared to take them.

6. Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
If you plan to be in this role for several years, make sure the company is growing so you can grow with the company.

7. Could you give me a little more information about the team I could be working with?
This question will help you get a better sense of the dynamics of who your collaborators will be. If the role calls for a lot of teamwork, you will want to know as much as you can about the people you might be working with.

8. What training programs are available to your employees?
When asking this question, you’re looking to key into whether there are opportunities for growth and whether the company has a Learning & Development program.

9. What’s the company and team culture like?
Through this question you’ll get insight into what is most important for the company, and what it values in the individuals who work there. It also shows that you want to be an engaging employee.

10. Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
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.

Job interview questions for candidates

These 10 questions are by no means the only things that you could possibly ask, but they do provide a good guideline of what to say. Make sure to ask at least 3 questions. Don’t forget to act confident, arrive early, and always be well prepared!

If you need some help preparing further for your interview why not check out our article which highlights 5 of the most common job interview questions and how you should answer them

 
Recent Comments
Dear, I have 21 years of experience and have done my mechanical engineering. I have serious problem that in any interview , i get lost and not able to answer correctly or to the expectations. I get easily nervous and confused though i had prepared very well in advance. Coz of this i am selected by only those who know me or had worked with me before. Please guide.
pradeep, 06 February 2020
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