Before the end of every job interview, your interviewer will ask you whether you have any questions that you’d like to ask about the company or the job position. It’s important that you ask the right kind of questions that will make you look interested and competent, not clueless or superficial. Here are some good questions to start with.
What’s a typical day like for someone who performs this role?
This can help you determine if the job is something that you will really enjoy doing on a daily basis. By knowing what your day-to-day responsibilities are, you will get a clear idea of what skills you should be focusing on more and what other strengths you can bring to the table.
What do you like best about being a part of this company?
The answer can give you a more detailed and more personal account of the great things about the company. If these are the same things that you’re looking for, you may have found yourself a perfect match.
How can you describe the work culture?
This can give you an idea of whether it’s an environment that can let you work with ease and comfort or force you to come out of your shell and up your game. Depending on where you are in your career, this can be a deal breaker or not.
Who was the last person to hold this position, and why did he or she leave?
It’s good to know why the last person who held this position left the company. Was it because of the demands of the job, the management, or problems with other people on the team? Was that person fired or forced to leave? Was it a personal decision to look for better opportunities? This can be you in a few months, so it’s best that you know exactly what to expect from the job and the company.
What are the qualities that you’re looking for in the ideal candidate?
You have told your interviewer what your strengths and skills are, but what if they’re not the strengths and skills that this job position requires? Knowing the kind of candidate they interviewer is looking for can give you a good idea of whether the job is suited to you and if you’re the right person for the job.
What are your expectations for this role in the next few months?
Knowing what the company expects you to achieve in the next few months will help you determine whether it’s something that you can easily accomplish or something that’s beyond your scope or expertise.
Can you tell me about the rest of the team?
It’s also good to know the people with whom you will be working, whether it’s a team of young and creative individuals who have bigger and bolder ideas or a team of more seasoned veterans who follow tried and tested methods.
What’s the next step, and how long will it be before you can make a final decision?
Knowing this will give you an idea of their timeline for the whole hiring process. This way, you’ll know whether you’re still in the running. If you don’t receive a follow-up call within the same period, you can set your sights on other opportunities.