You’ve submitted numerous job applications and resumes, and finally landed that crucial interview. You’ve done your research on the company and prepared to discuss your qualifications and credentials with the interviewer. But now comes the part where you get to ask the interviewer questions. Asking questions helps to create a relationship with the interviewer. An interview is a two-way street where both you and the interviewer get to know each other. By asking questions, you are getting the opportunity to learn as much as you can about the position and company.
To help you out, we have put together some important questions you should ask in an interview.
1. Where do you see the company headed in the short-term? Long-term?
By asking this question, you get an understanding of the direction the company is heading in, as well as an understanding of the organization’s goals and accomplishments.
2. Can you tell me about the team I will be working with?
While it is important to learn as much as you can about the position, it’s also important to learn about who your potential colleague(s) and supervisor(s) may be, and the roles they will play. If anything, the answers will provide you with a rough idea as to the chemistry that is in existence and the expectations that will be placed on you.
3. What do you enjoy most about your job?
Asking this question not only shows your interest in the interviewer as a person, but it allows them to share with you what it’s like to work in the company. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about the interviewer and to see whether the position is a right fit for you.
4. In your own words, how would you best describe the work environment?
This is a great question to ask if you are interested in learning more about the company culture. From this question, you can get a rough idea as to whether the company emphasizes a team-based approach or relies more on independent work.
5. What is the next step in the process?
Do not ask this question if the interviewer has already made it clear what the next step(s) in the hiring process are. If the interviewer has not mentioned anything pertaining to what will happen, do make it a point to ask .
An interview not only helps to determine if the candidate is an ideal fit for the company, it also serves as a two-way conversation where both parties seek to thoroughly understand one another.
What questions do you feel are important to ask in an interview? What were your experiences like asking these questions?