An interview is like a two way street, both you and your potential employer needs to prepare and questions that will determine whether this is the right job for you and you are a good fit to the company based on your qualifications and experiences respectively. Furthermore, the interviewer expects questions from you unless the questions themselves have already been answered during the interview. Not preparing any questions will not only let the interviewer assume that you are unprepared or uninterested, but also unmotivated to excel in the company.
Forget about asking yes or no questions as the questions themselves are very broad and are often hard to answer.
Here are some examples of good questions to ask at the end of the interview.
Can you tell me what is the company culture?
This question is a chance to see whether you fit into the company. Ensure that you are comfortable with the company’s culture and work ethic.
What do you think is the most important qualities a candidate should have to excel in this position?
This question shows that you are motivated and interested in the job position. This question also gives you a valuable insight into the details not stated in the job description. This question could also lead into company culture.
What do you like best about working in this company?
This is more of a personal experience of the interviewer. This will give you a more personal opinion about the company and its culture.
What are the next steps in the interview process?
This shows that you interested and want to move forward from the interview process. This will give you information of what is to come so that you can follow up.
What is the typical career path in this role?
This question helps you understand whether the company values their employees and wants them to grow in the company. This question shows your interest in the company but avoid asking this question in a way that highlights self-interest (expecting a raise or promotion).
Why is this position available?
This is a good question to ask as it is very open ended. It could be that the company/department is expanding (you can ask the interviewer to expand on that). It could be the previous person is not suited or taking medical leave. There are a lot of reasons why this position is open.
How many people work in this department/office?
A good gauge of knowing how big the company/department is.
What are the biggest challenges in this position?
This question highlights the expectations of the employer and how you and your skills will come into play to overcome the challenges.
What are the biggest issues the company/department is experiencing right now?
This question might let you know about certain things that concern the company and possibly the industry and could signify how you and your skills might be of use for the company.
Should you hire me, what are my expected daily tasks?
This question will give you an idea of what the job is like on a daily basis and you can decide whether you are a good fit for the company.
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