What questions should I ask at a job interview?

Many candidates spend time preparing for possible questions that they might be asked by the interviewer at a job interview, but very few reflect on questions that they should ask the interviewer.

At the end of a job interview, it is usual for a hiring manager to ask if you have any questions. Not being able to ask any clever questions gives the impression that you are not interested in the post. It might also leave a negative perception on the interviewer, even after a seemingly otherwise successful interview.

Furthermore, it is also important to remember that an interview is a two way street. While the interviewer needs to make sure that you are the ideal candidate for the post, you need to make sure that you will be happy at the position and company you are interviewing for. It is therefore important that you take advantage of the opportunity and ask the right questions. This will not only help you make a good impression but will also allow you to determine whether the job would be a good fit. You should ask questions that are smart and insightful. Make sure that the questions you ask have not already been addressed during the interview. To help you think about the sort of questions you should be asking, we have prepared a few important examples below:

  • How would you describe the company culture?

This question will give you an insight about the corporate beliefs and priorities. Are these in line with your own?

  • What do you like the most about working for the company?

This question allows you to understand what the interviewer believes to be the positive aspects of working for the company. Are these also important for you?

  • Can you give me examples of how I would collaborate with my manager?

This question will give you an insight on the management style and if you will have a good chance to progress within the company.

  • What have past employees done to succeed in the position?

This question will allow you to understand the way a company measures success.

  • What qualities are the most important for advancing at the company?

This question will show the interviewer that you care about your future with the company and that you are not just using it as a ‘stepping-stone’. Furthermore, you will be in a better position to asses if the qualities valued by the company are in-sync with your own.

  • Is there anything else I can provide you to help you take a decision?

This shows that you are eager about the post and helps you make sure that you have covered all the required topics during the interview.

  • Do you have any reservations about my experience or qualifications?

This will show the interviewer that you are confident enough about yourself to discuss any possible perceived weaknesses. Furthermore, it is better to discuss these during the interview rather than allowing the interviewer to reach his/her own conclusion.

Do you have any other questions that you think should be asked during a job interview? Let us have you thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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