5 Important Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
An interview isn’t over when the interviewer stops asking questions—the questions you ask of them are equally important in the hiring process. The questions you ask are another step in figuring out if you are the best fit for the position you are interviewing for. And when asked correctly, the questions you ask can also impress your interviewer, getting you one step closer to landing the job. Avoid general questions in your interview—basic questions about the company should have already been answered in your preparatory research.
1.) What kinds of challenges will someone with this job run into?
Asking this question shows that you are interested in succeeding at your job and will give you an idea of what obstacles you could face. The challenges your interviewer responds with should be seriously taken into account as to whether you feel comfortable in the position.
2.) What is your company culture like?
Gaining insight on the company’s culture can be a major indicator if potential employer and employee will be a good match. While you can gather a sense of company’s culture through online research, hearing it explained by your future employer is the best way to understand it.
3.) What has turnover in the job been?
Asking about turnover can give you an idea of how much you will end up liking your position—for example, high turnover could be an indicator of unfavorable management or expectations on the position.
4.) What are the typical career goals for someone with this job?
Before you walk into your interview you should have a clear picture of your own career goals—and checking if these align with the position you are interviewing for is crucial. If most people in the position end up in a job or field that you aren’t aspiring to, the job may not be a good fit.
5.) When do you think you will reach a decision?
Don’t ask your interviewer if you’ve been hired at the end of your interview; rather, ask when the next step will be in the decision process. This question can also affirm your interest in the position, showing that you are eager to be hired.
These as well as many similar questions can be posed at the end of the interview. Keep in mind that each question you ask should be well informed and genuine, with the goal that both interviewer and interviewee are looking for the right match for the position.