It’s a fact that job interviews are no walk in the park, no matter how skilled a job seeker is with answering questions and speaking in front of others. Yet, with the right preparation, any candidate can successfully ask questions to make sure that the company is going to be a good fit too.
Why Asking Questions During an Interview Matters
Interviewees need to understand that a job interview is just as important for them as it is for the company. Why? Companies want candidates to ask questions about the job itself, the company, responsibilities of the position and much more. It shows the company that the candidate is interested in the position and genuinely wants to know as much as possible.
Here are some suggested questions that are safe to ask during your next interview:
What Should You Ask in an Interview?
- What is the culture at the company?
- Do you have examples of projects I will work on in the position?
- What are the specific skills and qualities you need for this position?
- What is the usual career path for someone working in this position?
- What are the reasons why you work here?
- What is a typical day like for the person working in this position?
- Is continued education offered or valued by the company?
- How does this position contribute to the overall success of the company?
- What can I do to contribute to the department in the best ways?
- Is this a newly created position?
- What sets this company apart from its competitors?
- What interests you the most in a candidate? Is it their ability to work individually, as part of a team, or cross-functionally, or a combination of all these types?
- Are there any concerns you have with my qualifications as a candidate for this position?
- What are the next steps?
- What is your timetable for making a decision on filling this position?
Be Creative When Asking Questions During the Interview
This is not an exhaustive list of questions that you can ask during a job interview, but it is a very good start. You should consider asking all of these questions during a job interview, or in multiple interview rounds so you can acquire as much information as possible about the company and the position. This will help you understand the type of employee the company is looking for, what their expectations are for the person hired and how involved the position is in the company’s overall success.
On a side note, make sure that you do not ask questions that can be answered by browsing the website of the company. This will give the interviewer a bad impression of you; specifically that you have prepared for the interview by doing just a little bit of research. Asking strong questions in a job interview will only help your cause in the fight for the position.
For additional interviewing and job search tips, contact the recruitment team at Professional Staffing Group today!