Questions to Ask at Your Interview
Do you know what type of questions are appropriate to ask a future employer during an interview? It is important to figure out which type of questions will engage and intrigue the employer to keep the conversation going. Typically, towards the end of the interview, the interviewee gives the opportunity for the potential candidate a chance to ask any questions or concerns they might have. The goal of this opportunity is for the candidate to further show interest, gain knowledge of and understand the organization’s work environment, and become aware of the responsibilities of the position at hand.
How can you take advantage of this golden opportunity?
Below is a list of ten questions that will help you make the most out of YOUR turn as the interviewer.
Top 10 Questions to Ask an Employer
1. Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
2. What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
3. What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
4. Describe the culture of the company.
5. Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
6. Who do you consider your top competitor and why? Is it <Company A>? (tip: this shows that you researched the company to find out who their top competitors are)
7. What are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department right now?
8. What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
9. What do you like best about working for this company?
10. What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
*Editor's Note: It's even more helpful to put your own unique spin on the questions above. For example Question 1, maybe ask "What are the top 4-5 things that bog you and your team down every day that I can come in and help alleviate or accomplish?"
Be confident, be responsive, and most of all, be professional!
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