Competition to get the job is fierce. Tailoring your resume and cover letter for each job you apply for is no simple task. Once you finally get contacted by a hiring manager you can breathe a small sigh of relief in knowing that you are at least one step closer to your dream job, and that hey, at least they find your skills and experience appealing and want to know more!
The next steps in preparing for the interview process is the physical and mental prep! It takes more than just a pretty face and some good charm to beat out the competition. You are going to want to nail the interview questions and come off as polished, prepared, interested, and excited all in one shot! The joy!
Assuming you’ve dressed the part, and crushed the questions you have been asked, an important phase of the interview that will decide your fate is when the hiring manager finishes his/her spiel and puts the ball in your court as they ask, “Do you have any questions for us?”
The absolute worst thing you can do in any interview when asked if you have any questions (besides THIS) is to start packing up as you say, “I actually have no questions. Thank you for your time!” I actually said this once on one of my very first interviews. No, I did not get that job.
Are you not sure what you can ask when this question comes up? I have you covered! I’m arming you with this list of foolproof questions that you can and should always ask in your interview. The goal is to format the questions so that they help you showcase your abilities, confidence, qualifications and your commitment to the company. Once the interviewer answers your questions you can elaborate a little more on how you will fit right in and get the job done!
I talked to our hiring partners at Crowded and compiled this list of the best questions candidates have asked in a job interview and here is the inside scoop:
Questions to ask about the company:
- What is the company culture like?
- Where do you see the company going in the next 5 years?
- What does this company value most and how do you think I will help further these values?
- How does this company measure success?
Questions to ask about the job:
- What would a typical work day look like for the person who takes on in this role?
- What is the most important quality/skill that a successful person in this role will possess?
- What is the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days?
- What is the structure of the team? Who will I be reporting to and will I be managing other employees?
Questions to ask the interviewer:
- How long have you been working with this company?
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
- What makes you good at your job?
Bonus questions to ask:
- Will there be training offered for this role?
- How will you judge my success? What will have happened six months from now that will demonstrate that I have met your expectations?
- Do you have any concerns about my being successful in this position?
- What is the next step in the hiring process?
- When can I expect to hear back?
- Ideally, when would you like the person you hire for this role to start?
- Whom should I reach out to if I have any further questions? (you can ask for a business card at this point so you have their contact info)
Study this list and have them on hand for your next interview. They can be tailored for any job in any industry and are almost always a safe bet, especially if you are drawing a blank. It will take some practice and it may even be a little out of your comfort zone to be so forward with a stranger who is interviewing you (not the other way around), but you have to trust me on this one! The more questions you ask, the more you will seem interested and passionate about the role and you will definitely leave a lasting impression.