Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but they don’t have to be so intimidating. We spend too much time being fearful of what questions the interviewer will ask. Instead, we should spend more time considering what questions we should ask an interviewer.
You put the time and effort into building your resume, but the interview is the next big impression you need to make. There is always a moment at the end of the interview when you will be asked, “Do you have any questions?” And you should definitely ask the interviewer questions!
If you don’t prepare a few questions ahead of time, you might look like a deer in headlights. So what do you do? The key is asking the right questions and preparing ahead of time.
Need some examples? Here are 10 questions to ask an interviewer.
Question #1: What does a typical day in the role look like?
The best way to understand exactly what the job is going to entail is to ask about it. The response to this question will also help you evaluate whether or not this is a position you want to be in.
Question #2: What stood out on my resume that made you think I would be a good candidate for this position?
This is a great question to ask to help you gain feedback on your resume and determine if you highlight your best skills and most relevant job experience. Who knows, maybe something else made a huge impression and knowing that will help you better tailor your resume in the future.
Question #3: What do you love most about working for the company?
This is a great question to ask to help the interview feel more conversational. It takes the spotlight off you for a moment and gives the interviewer a chance to talk about themselves and the company. This is also a great way to read into the company culture and determine if the interviewer enjoys working there.
Question #4: Who would I be working with most of the time?
Ask this question if you want to understand the workflow and get an idea of whom you would be reporting to and how many people would be on your team.
Question #5: How do you measure success in this position?
Understanding how the company or your future team measures success is key to excelling in a new role. By asking this question, you show that you’re driven and ready to work.
Question #6: Why did the previous person leave this position?
This can be a tough question to ask an interviewer, but knowing the answer will say a lot about the position. Hearing what the interviewer has to say about the last person in the role could help you better evaluate the position.
Question #7: What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to have in order to excel in this role?
This is also a great question to ask to show that you are ready to work and very interested in the position. Moreover, as the interviewer explains the answer, they will hopefully mention the skills you have already explained you have, or that your resume highlights.
Question #8: Is there a lot of growth at the company in this position?
Asking this question shows that you are interested in growing with the company and would expect to work there for a while. Most companies want to know if you see yourself still working there within five years.
Question #9: What are your expectations for someone in this role within the first few months?
If you want the job and would want to be successful in it, you need to know what the company expects of you. Companies usually have set goals in mind for a new hire to meet within the first 60 to 90 days on the job.
Question #10: How did you end up working in this position with the company?
This is another great question that gives the interviewer a chance to discuss their employment and job history. Giving them the opportunity to answer questions portrays your genuine interest in the company.