Want to ask questions at your next job interview? Here are a few examples!
You're in an interview for your dream job and nerves kick in. You want to stand out and make an impression, but you don't know what questions, if any, are best to ask during an interview. Do you save them for the end? Do you ask when they pop into your head, or do you hold off and wait for a follow-up call?
When interviewing, asking questions can show recruiters and hiring managers how interested you truly are, and the right questions can tell you important aspects about the company to make sure you make the correct choice. Interviewing is typically thought of as the company is determining if you are the right fit, but you should treat an interview the same way. Securing a job with a company where you don't fit in the culture or agree with the mission can be a frustrating and discouraging situation. Here are 10 of the best questions to ask in a job interview to help you wow recruiters, while digging for the important information you need to know.
Interview Question #1: What career development opportunities would I have with the company?
Entry-level interviewers may not be as concerned as mid-level or senior interviewers with developmental and growth opportunities, depending on your career goals. How the company answers this question will tell you how much value is placed on employees. Asking this question will show recruiters and hiring managers you are interested in a long-term position where you can not only help the company grow, but work on your skills, as well.
Interview Question #2: How does this position help with meeting company goals?
The answer to this question will tell you how the position you're interviewing for will make an impact at the company. Every single position assists in meeting objectives and goals, but how it does this is not always communicated clearly. The hiring manager's response will give you a better idea of how your daily activities will make an impact and will allow recruiters to see that you are interested in more than just doing your job.
Interview Question #3: What do the first 90-days in this position look like?
This question will reveal what is expected of you in terms of accomplishments. Generally, the first 90-days are still a learning period, so how recruiters answer this question can reveal how heavy of a workload will be expected. Also, asking this question will allow you to highlight or reinforce any qualifications you have which could assist in meeting these goals.
Interview Question #4: How would you describe the company culture?
Asking about the workplace culture will tell you about the atmosphere you could be entering. If you are a talkative, energetic employee, you wouldn't be a good fit for a company where there is minimal interaction or communication other than about work. If you feel the culture is a good fit, you can express your desire and enthusiasm for potentially working in it.
Interview Question #5: Is there travel involved in this position? What percent of travel is expected?
Generally, if travel is a part of the position, it will be expressed in the job description or during the interview. If so, asking what percent of the time is dedicated to travel is a great way to make certain you don't accept a position where you are uncomfortable with a major aspect of the position. This will also allow employers to measure your reaction to the answer.
Interview Question #6: Where do you expect the company to be in five years?
When joining a new company, you want to make sure it is preparing for and actively seeking growth. Asking about the short-term goals and expectations will give you a sense about what direction the company wants to go in and how much growth it strives for. You can highlight any qualifications you feel are pertinent to achieve these goals, thus increasing your attractiveness to the company.
Interview Question #7: What is the best part of working for this company?
If you have several interviews with a company, you will be interacting with several employees. This question can be presented in each interview and gives you great insight into the company. Answers will vary and tell you a lot about how the company treats employees, the culture, and other aspects of the atmosphere.
Interview Question #8: Is there anything on my resume I can clarify for you?
If a recruiter or hiring manager has a question, then generally you will be asked, but this is a polite way to ensure there are no questions. Alternatively, you could ask the interviewer if there is anything on the resume to give them hesitation about hiring you. Both of these questions can help resolve any qualms the interviewers may have about continuing with your application.
Interview Question #9: What would you say is the biggest challenge in this position?
Every position and company has a set of unique challenges, so knowing beforehand will help you decide if the challenge is something you can overcome, or would rather not handle. If you feel it is a good fit. and you will succeed in overcoming the challenge, let the recruiter know how you feel and showcase any qualities that are important.
Interview Question #10: What does a typical work day look like?
The answer to this question will reveal what your potential daily routine will be like and give insight into what your future could look like with the company. Depending on what you are looking for out of a career, this question will give you the knowledge necessary to determine how good of a fit this company and position will be. If the answer is something you turn your nose up at, then you should continue looking.
In conclusion, save your questions for the end of an interview. If the opportunity arises, you can ask during the interview, but only if it makes sense to ask in the moment. For example, don't ask about management style when you are being questioned about your accomplishments.
Before an interview, prepare by writing down the questions you want to ask during the interview. Each opportunity will have different needs, but it's a good idea to have a master list of solid questions to ask during any interview. You can later edit and tailor the list for each company you are applying for.
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