Believe it or not an interview is not a one-way street. It’s a conversation. Meaning, interviewers not only expect answers to their questions, but they expect questions from you as well. They want to know that you have a genuine interest in the role you are applying for.
So, this is your chance! It is your last chance to really knock that interviewer off their feet. Show them that you want this job.
1.What is the culture of the company like?
This question gives you a broad view on the corporate philosophy of a company and on whether it prioritizes employee happiness.
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's view on the best parts about working for this particular 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 in the job description. It can help you learn about the company culture and expectations so you can show that you are a good fit.
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're talking to the leader of a company, that's a great question to ask them, because they're the best position to tell you that," according to Robert Hohman, the CEO of Glassdoor. "They should be able to articulate that really clearly. And it should be inspiring."
6. Why has the position become available?
This might be uncomfortable to ask, but Harrison, CEO of Snagajob, said it's not uncommon to ask and that it shows you are being smart and analytical by wanting to know why someone may have been unhappy in this role previously.
If you found out they left the role because they were promoted, that's also useful information.
7. Where will the job fit into the team structure?
With this question you're drawing attention to a preference for teamwork. It looks as though you want to know 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 marketing firm Affect, said that it's always a good idea to get a broader sense of the 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 in 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 you differentiate yourself from every other candidate the recruiter is seeing.