Believe it or not, an interview is not a one-way street, it’s a conversation. Interviewers not only expect answers to their questions, but they also expect questions from you. They want to get the impression that you have a genuine interest in the role you are applying for.
Here is a list of 10 questions to ask at the end of an interview.
1. What is the culture of the company like?
This question gives you a broad view of the corporate philosophy of a company and whether it prioritizes employee satisfaction.
2. What do you like best about working for this company?
This question is important because it lets you create a sense of camaraderie with the interviewer because interviewers, like anyone, usually like to talk about themselves and especially things they know well. Plus, this question gives you a chance to get an insider view on the best parts about working for the company.
3. 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 included in the job description. It can also help you learn about the company culture and expectations so you can show that you are a good fit for the job.
4. What might I expect in a typical day?
This shows your eagerness about the position, it also gives you a better idea about what the job will be like on a daily basis, so you can decide whether you really want to pursue it.
5. Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
If you are talking to the leader of a company, this is a great question to ask them because they're the best position to know this information. Robert Hohman, the CEO of Glassdoor stated that businesses should be able to articulate this information clearly and it should be inspiring.
6. Why has the position become available?
This might be uncomfortable to ask, but Harrison, CEO of Snagajob states that this is not an uncommon question to ask. It shows you are being smart and analytical by wanting to know why someone may have been unhappy in this role previously. It may also be useful to find out if the previous employee left this role because they were promoted.
7. Where will the job fit into the team structure?
With this question, you are showing an eagerness to find out where you would fit in and how your contribution would affect the rest of the company.
8. What makes people stay in the company?
April Boykin-Huchko, HR manager at the marketing firm Affect said that it's always a good idea to get a broader sense of a company's culture.
9. How does the company help their employees to grow professionally?
This question shows that you're willing to work hard to ensure that you grow along with your company.
10. When can I expect to hear from you, and what are the next steps?
This question shows that you are eager to move forward with the process. It will also help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can follow up appropriately.
Asking questions will not only provide you with you useful information but will also help differentiate you from the other candidates.