When preparing for the interview process, most of us tend to focus on how we are going to answer questions, and often forget something very important: We’re also there to ask questions.
It's your turn!
As the interview comes to an end, one of the final questions you may be asked is, "Do you have any questions?" Not asking any questions might make you seem unprepared, so take the time to have a few questions of your own ready to ask the hiring manager. You aren't simply trying to get this job - you are also interviewing the employer to decide if this company and the position are truly a good fit for you. Asking questions during an interview is important for three key reasons:
− Confirm your qualifications for the position
− Demonstrate interest in the employer
− Verify that the culture fit and the opportunity is right for you
Asking questions can also give you the opportunity to further highlight some of your qualities, skills, and experience. So, plan ahead and have 3 – 5 interview questions of your own ready to ask.
Here’s our top 30 interview questions!
1. Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job? Or, what does a typical day look like?
Is this really the job that you want? By asking this question and learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you can confidently make that decision.
2. What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed?
3. How much travel is expected?
4. Is relocation a possibility?
5. What is the typical work week? Is overtime expected?
6. Can you show me examples of projects I’d be working on?
7. What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
This question can often lead to valuable information that’s not in the job description, and let you know what their expectations are for an employee.
8. What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?
9. What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
10. What sort of budget would I be working with?
11. Is this a new role that has been created?
12. How will I be trained?
13. What training programs are available to your employees?
14. Describe the culture of the company.
Are you a good fit for this particular organization? You’ll want to be sure that you are comfortable with the culture and dynamics of the organization.
15. What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
16. What is the performance review process like here? How often would I be formally reviewed?
17. What metrics or goals will my performance be evaluated against?
18. 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.
19. What are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department right now?
This question may help you learn more about what the organization will be focusing on over the next several months.
20. What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
21. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
22. Who will I work with most closely?
23. Who will I report to directly?
24. Can you tell me about my direct reports? What are their strengths and the team’s biggest challenges?
25. Do you expect to hire more people in this department in the next six months?
26. What do you like best about working for this company?
27. What is the typical career path for someone in this role? Or, Are there opportunities for advancement or professional development?
This question can help you learn whether the company promotes from within, and how career advancement works within the organization. By asking the question, you show your interest in growing with the organization — just be careful not to phrase it in a way that says "When can I expect a raise and a promotion?"
28. What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
29. 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.
30. Can I answer any final questions for you?
Follow these steps and you’ll successfully navigate ending the interview!
Do you have any questions on what to ask the interviewer? Not sure what questions are appropriate for your upcoming interview?
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