If you’re in the middle of a job hunt, you may have heard the same thing asked at the end of several interviews: “Do you have any questions for me?” Asking your interviewer the right questions can be just as important as how you answer theirs. So, we have some go-to questions to ask in a job interview to help you make a good impression!
What does the day-to-day of the job look like?
Asking this question not only shows the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the role. It will also help you determine if this position fits your work style and your career aspirations.
What do you like most about working at the company?
It’s important to get a sense of how other people feel about the company. Does your interviewer answer enthusiastically and seem to genuinely enjoy working here? Or do they hesitate, have trouble coming up with an answer, or say something generic like “the paycheck” or “the snack options”?
Is there anything on my resume or that I’ve said in the interview which makes you doubt my qualifications?
This can be a very difficult question to ask, but also a very useful one. It shows the interviewer you’re brave enough to ask for feedback, which is an important quality in a team member. It also gives you a chance to clarify anything your interviewer might be hesitant about.
What are some things that made previous people in this position the most successful?
Asking this question tells the interviewer that you want to succeed and aren’t planning on just skating by. It will also help you understand what qualities will be the most beneficial while working at this company.
What do you think will be the most challenging part of this position?
This will help you gain insight into more than just the surface-level job description. Maybe there will be piles of paperwork every day. Or maybe you’ll have to juggle several channels of interdepartmental communication. Being prepared for the difficult parts of a job is just as important as knowing the positive aspects.
How will success be measured in this role?
Knowing how success is measured will help you better understand not only what you’ll need to do in order to be successful, but also what the company’s values are and what they expect of their employees.
Will there be opportunities for professional development?
It’s important to know that a company will help you grow in your career, as opposed to keeping you in one place. It also shows your interviewer that you’re willing to strengthen or learn new skills and are ambitious enough to grow with the company.
What is the timeline for next steps?
This is a logistics question, but also a revealing one. It tells the interviewer that you’re interested in the role and excited to move forward. It will also let you know when you should expect to hear back and when you should follow up. Knowing you’ll hear from them in a couple weeks will help keep you from getting anxious if you haven’t heard anything after a few days — and then, if those two weeks have passed, you’ll know it’s time to follow back up with them!