Interview Questions You Should Ask
So you have got yourself an interview – well done! And you have probably ensured you are fully prepared for all the questions they might ask you in the interview. However, there is another part of the interview that you need to make sure you are ready for. At the end of the interview when the interviewer/hiring manager asks you if you have any questions. This is your chance to impress them with someone impressive questions about the company and the role.
Moreover, this is also your opportunity to make sure this company and role are right for you and find out anything that will put your mind at ease and help you make a decision.
Here are some questions to ask the interviewer.
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“How would you describe the company culture and working environment here?”
This is a brilliant question if you genuinely want to get a feel for what it would be like to work at the place you are interviewing for. It’s also a good opportunity to judge by the interviewer’s response whether it is a nice place to work or not and if the teams get along. If the interviewing team can interact in a positive way then it is more likely the working environment is a good one.
“Why do YOU like working at the Company?”
Asking this type of question flips the interview experience back over to the interviewer. It will bring this back to a more personal level, giving a good insight if it is a great place to work. If it seems like the question is hard to answer, it is probably not a good sign. If the interviewer cannot stop raving about things in the company, then it’s a good sign that the role is a good one.
“What do you think are some of the challenges for this department?”
Asking a question like this shows you have considered what you think are the challenges and in turn, what you can do to overcome them. This also shows you are interested in seriously boosting the department and changing things. Which shows initiative and real interest.
“What is a normal career path for someone in this role?”
This question tells the interviewer that you are keen to progress in the industry. It also shows that you are passionate about progressing and have a real passion for what you do.
“What learning and development opportunities are available?”
This is a fantastic question that will show you whether the company offers any useful training opportunities or sets aside a budget for learning. It also shows the interviewer that you are eager to learn and develop in a professional setting.
“What sort of people do well in this company ?”
This is a different style of question that could possibly throw off the interviewer. It shows that you are in the mindset to succeed -you want to do well in the role.
“How will I know if I’m doing well?”
Setting professional KPIs on a role is important to check the performance of any new employee. If a candidate asks this question it proves that they are interested in performing highly and are aware of how professional KPIs are set.
“Why did this job role become available?”
Asking this question is great for shedding light on various aspects of the company. First off, you will find out if employees are leaving the company, or if the company is simply growing and adding more members to the team.
Try to avoid saying “no, I don’t have any questions!”, and try and get as much out of the interview as possible – asking questions at the end can give you a bigger insight than anything.
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