Often we go to interviews prepared to answer questions but rarely prepared to ask questions. Asking questions shows your interviewer true interest in the position and wanting to be hired. Here is the thing, you cant just ask any thing. I have conducted a few interviews and the candidates who researched the company I worked for at the time and asked good questions always stood out above the rest. Surprisingly, most people don’t ask good questions or questions at all. In many cases, those who did not ask questions or the type of questions asked either led me to think they just wanted a job.. any job or that they were arrogant.
So you should ask some good questions and I am here to help. Ask calculated questions that make your interviewers think, remember you as a candidate, show interest and to show your knowledge. Here are some examples of questions to ask (in no particular order). Remember, you do not have to ask all of these questions but these are good questions to ask or to use as a guide to prepare you to ask questions at the end of your interview.
Best Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Based on my credentials & background, do you have any reservations about my candidacy?
I read this on twitter and this is a perfect question to ask at the end of an interview and I have made it a point to ask it at the end of all of my interviews because it asks a question that will essentially ask the interviewer to explain why you would not be a good candidate and will allow you an opportunity to respond with any clarification necessary.
What are the next steps in the interview process?
If you are working with a recruiter, this is NOT a good question to ask during the interview. If not, this is the appropriate time to ask the next steps, time frame of choosing a candidate and any questions related as this will give you an idea of when to expect a response. It will help remove that post interview anxiety.
Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
Asking a question like this shows your interest in truly knowing what you will be doing daily as opposed to what is listed in the job posting. By asking this, you are showing them you are hella interested. Also, don’t you want know what you REALLY will be doing to know if you are truly still interested.
What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
I like this question because it allows you to see what the manager/supervisor (who is typically one of your interviewers) thinks it takes to do the job. What they say often will give you an idea of their approach to management.
What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
Asking a question like this shows interest in staying with the company and that you are looking for growth (this shows ambition). Also, this gives you an idea of whether they have growth opportunities.
Describe the culture of the company.
Again, another question shows you are seeking longevity with the company and your overall interested with working in their environment.
What do you like best about working for this company?
This is a fun question, especially for a good interview team. I like to use this question as more of an ice breaker because the answers are usually a bit more personal. This questions will make sure the interviewer or interview team will remember you.
What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
Similar to the question above, this shows that you have an interest in staying and moving up. This shows the interview team that again, you are ambitious.
How do I compare with the other candidates you’ve interviewed for this role?
This question does a couple things; 1. lets you know if they have interviewed other candidates, 2. where you stand and 3. could open up the conversation to next steps post interview.
Ask a industry or company specific question
Always, always, always… I cannot stress this enough ALWAYS, research the industry and company you are interviewing with so that you have an idea of what they do, why they do, how they do and when they do. Review current trends, news topics, etc related to the company and industry. This will fasho show them you are interest because you took the time to understand who they are as a company.