The interview is going well, and then suddenly the interview asks you if you have any questions you would like to ask.
If you aren’t prepared you could find yourself destroying all your hard work up till this point.
Don’t fake questions – Ask genuine questions
You should only ask questions that you really want to hear an answer to. While this might seem apparent to you, there are many candidates who ask questions they think the interviewer wants them to ask. This is a waste of your time and theirs, and they will almost always see through what you are trying to do.
What questions to ask the interviewer?
You should ask questions that will show the depth of the research you have conducted.
Show just how interested in the job you are, by asking complex questions that require more in-depth answers.
Avoid questions about vacation, salary, and benefits.
Sample Questions to ask the interviewer
Here are the best questions we could gather for you:
- I read in Business Week that one of your major competitors is set to increase their market share into your main market. What is the plan of your company to hold onto that market share?
- How is success measured within your company, how often are evaluations conducted?
- Could you describe a typical day for me?
- Can you tell me about your career journey within the company, and would others entering the company today enjoy those same opportunities?
- I was reading about your training program and I was wondering whether the employee has any say in the training programs taken.
- What are the challenging components of this job?
- What do you consider the five key day to day responsibilities with this job?
- What is the main priority of the person doing this job?
- Can you give me examples of the best results others in this position have produced?
- What are the company’s plans for future change and growth?
- Does management encourage promotion from within the company?
- What are the company’s strengths?
- What challenges does the company face?
- Can you describe the company’s personality?
- What is the management style used within this company?
- What do the supervisors and managers of this company have in common?
- What might I be doing in the next 3 to 5 years?
- What are the expectations of the company for new hires within the next six months?
- Describe the environment I will be working within.
- What are the department’s strengths and weaknesses?
- How will I help the company?
- What is the biggest challenge facing the company right now?
- What qualities do you desire in your new hires?
- What happened to the previous person who held this position?
- How many people have held this position in the past 2 years?
- Who would my supervisor be if I was chosen for this position?
- Who will I work closely with?
- Will I supervise anyone? If so who?
- What do you feel are the characteristics of a successful person in your company?
- What does your company stand for? What are your values?
These 30 questions should give you some ideas about the type of questions you should be asking. Remember; don’t just ask the mundane questions.
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