As you prepare for a job interview, your primary focus will most likely be on how you are going to answer the questions that the interviewers ask you. However, it is also worth considering what you are going to ask them at the end of the interview.
A job interview should be a two-way interaction, and it is vitally important that the company is a good fit for you, as well as the other way round. This is your best chance to figure out if that is the case.
Furthermore, your interviewers are expecting you to ask questions. If you can’t think of any, they won’t be impressed, and might think you aren’t all that interested in the job or their company.
Below are some of the key questions we think you should ask a prospective employer at the end of a job interview!
What challenges come with this role?
This question is perhaps the best way to find out whether or not the position is going to stimulate, challenge and engage you. Take note if the interviewers hesitate here, or the challenges are not as you had hoped previously – this company or role may not be the right fit for you.
How is success measured at this company?
Asking this question gives you insight into what the company would expect of you, as well as what you will need to achieve in order to gain a promotion in future. You could also ask about how previous employees have succeeded in the role or a similar one – any insight into how the company gauges success is useful.
What is the company culture like?
This is your opportunity to gauge the company’s attitude towards its own people, and how those at the top value the happiness of their employees. Forward-thinking businesses value employee satisfaction highly, so this not only gives you insight into how happy you might be working there, but can also shed light on how progressive the company is.
What do you like most about working for this company?
Asking this question can give you another inside view of the benefits of working for the company, on a personal level. It also helps you to understand the motivations of the interviewers, and the mindsets of those within the business.
What would be a typical day in this role?
Immediately, this shows that you are eager and already thinking about working at the company. Of course, it is also the best way to gain a clear idea of what exactly you will be doing, and you can then make an informed decision whether or not it is the right fit for you.
Head to your interview armed with two or three of these questions, and not only will you impress your interviewers, but you’ll also understand the company and the role better. After all, it has to be right for you, as well as them!