Usually, at the end of an interview, you’ll be asked “Do you have any questions for me?” You should ALWAYS have questions for the interviewer. Even if you have a firm grasp on the role, the company, and everything in between, you should always take the opportunity to ask questions and use it to help promote yourself as a key candidate.
Remember, an interview also allows you to see if the company is a good fit for you as well. Use this time to get information and increase your chances. The golden rule is to ask between 3 to 5 questions, but what should you ask? Here are 5 categories of questions that you should keep in mind.
One question you should ask at the interview is something related to the company. This will show the recruiter that you are interested in working for the company. You can ask questions about the company culture, values, or anything else related to the company. In addition to showing the recruiter that you are interested in the company, asking a question related to the company can also give you valuable information that can help you make an informed decision about whether the company is a good fit for you. Here are some questions you can ask about the company that will show you’re interested in being a part of the team:
- Who is the company’s biggest competitor
- What are the biggest challenges is the company facing?
- How would you describe the company culture?
- What goals is the company trying to achieve?
- Can you tell me about the team?
- How do you promote cooperation/collaboration in the company?
You should also ask about your role. Get additional information on what you will be doing and what is expected of you. Not only will this offer you more insight, but it also helps the interviewer imagine you in the role itself, which will help increase your hiring chances. When you ask about your role during an interview, it shows that you are interested in understanding what the job entails and how you can fit in as part of the team. By asking questions about your responsibilities, you can gain a better understanding of what you’ll be doing day-to-day and how your work will contribute to the success of the company. You can ask questions about your responsibilities, and you can also ask questions about the ideal candidate and relate the answer to you and your experience.
- Who will I be working with/ who will I report to?
- What metrics will you use to determine my success in the role?
- What KPIs will I be required to meet?
- Can you describe what the ideal candidate for this role is like?
- What important qualities do you think are necessary for this role?
- Can you elaborate on the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
- What do you think is the most challenging aspect of the job?
- Is this a new position? If not, why did the person before me leave this role?
When you’re in a job interview, it’s important to make a positive and lasting impression on the interviewer. Asking the interviewer about their background, experience, or opinions can show that you’re not only interested in the job, but also in building a relationship with the person you’re speaking with. This can help create a more personal connection between you and the interviewer, and make you stand out among other candidates who may have similar qualifications.
- What is your favorite thing about working here?
- What has your experience been working at this company?
- How long have you been with the company?
- How would you describe the team?
- How did you start working here?
Show the company that you are looking at this job as a long-term opportunity by asking questions about the future. Whether you ask questions about the near future or years from now, it will show the interviewer that you are thinking of staying with the company for some time. By asking these types of questions, you are demonstrating your interest in the company and your commitment to a long-term relationship. Remember, the interview is not just about the company evaluating you, it’s also an opportunity for you to evaluate the company and decide if it’s a good fit for your long-term career goals. You can ask questions about the hiring process, future training, and more.
- What are the next steps in the hiring process?
- What is the onboard training schedule like
- What opportunities will I have for professional development here?
- How do you see this company evolving over the next five years?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 to 60 days?
Finally, make sure to always bring the conversation back to you. Ask the interviewer if there’s anything they want to know or need to talk about. Use the time to reiterate why you are the best candidate for the role. You can also see if there’s anything you need to clear up. You should focus on highlighting your skills, experiences, and achievements that demonstrate your ability to excel in the role.
- Is there anything on my resume that I should elaborate on?
- Was there anything on my resume that you found concerning or confusing?
- Are there any other documents you need from me?
- Have I answered all your questions?
- Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?
Make Sure to Ask Questions!
Asking questions during a job interview is crucial as it shows your interest in the company and the role. It also gives you a better understanding of the job responsibilities, the company’s goals and expectations, and helps you evaluate if it’s a good fit for your long-term career goals. By asking thoughtful and relevant questions about the role, future opportunities, the interviewer, and yourself, you can make a positive impression and stand out among other candidates. Try to ask at least 3 questions, but it would be beneficial to ask a question that covers each of the categories above. To remember the categories, just remember CRIFY!
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