Ten Questions You Should Be Asking in an Interview

We spend so much time thinking about what interviewers will ask us during an interview, it’s easy to forget just how important it is for the interviewee to ask questions in return. But not all questions are created equal. Good questions are around job duties, the department structure, company goals, and growth plans. Candidates who ask industry-related questions are likely to stand out amongst other applicants.

Toward the end of the interview, let the recruiter know you’re interested in the position by asking smart questions. What the AVERAGE candidate does is ask a question, listen to the answer, and then ask another question. What an OUTSTANDING candidate does is ask a question, listen to the answer, and then sell themselves to the answer. You want there to be a give and take in the conversation, so by engaging with the interviewer you are building a relationship.

Keep these questions in mind to ask the interviewer:

  1. How do you see this person spending most of their time in the first 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year?
  2. Who are your major competitors, and what makes your company different from the competition?
  3. What skills and attributes would you add and/or subtract from the previous person doing the job to create the ideal candidate?
  4. What is the management style of the company?
  5. How would I be measured in this position?
  6. Why is the position open? Is this a new position or did someone move on from it?
  7. What do you see the department looking like in three years?
  8. What is the biggest challenge for the company/position?
  9. How would you describe the culture of the firm?
  10. I read XYZ Company as a whole had revenue increases of 8%. How does the ABC business unit perform compared to the other segments of the company?

Remember, questions dealing with promotions, benefits, vacation, or job security are self-centered and indicate that you are more concerned about what’s in it for you rather than what you can offer the company. Wait until the company shows interest later in the process before asking these types of questions. Visit https://talentbridge.com/candidates/job-search-resources/to learn more.