Congratulations! You landed a job or internship interview. While you are thinking about how to answer the most popular questions that will likely be asked, do not forget about the most important question the interviewer may ask: “Do you have any questions for me?” An interview is a two-way street. The interviewer wants to get to know you, but you also want to make sure the position is a good fit for you. Here are a few questions to ask during a job interview.
1. What does the typical day in the role look like?
This question will give you insight as to what you can expect your day-to-day role to be. It will let you know if this position will be a good fit for you or not. If what is expected of the role is not moving your career forward, do not be hesitant to turn down the position if it is offered.
2. What qualities make a person successful in this position?
Asking this question will help you see how your interview fit with the qualities of the position, which will help you prepare for rejection if need be. It will also let you know what kind of traits you have to bring to the office each day.
3. Can you tell me a bit about the company culture?
There is nothing worse than accepting a position then realizing that the company is actually not a good fit for your personality. If the culture is more casual and you are fast-paced and competitive, it may not be the best place and it is better knowing what to expect before for you commit.
4. Are there opportunities for advancement?
This question shows that you are thinking about staying long-term with the company, which is crucial. In a time where young people are known for job jumping frequently, this will help you stand out in the crowd.
5. What have the biggest challenges been for others in this position?
Knowing what challenges you have going in will help you know whether or not you can handle the position. It will also give you a chance to tell your interviewer about similar challenges you may have faced at a previous position and how you overcame them.
6. How has your experience been with the company?
This question allows you to get into the mind of the interviewer. While the interviewer may try to make the company out to be better than it is, it is still a valuable question so you can get some insight into the company.
7. Who do you consider to be the company’s top competitor?
While you should do your research and know the answer to this question, it is good to get a more personal answer to the question. This will give you a chance to add a comment about what you found out about the company.
8. What will the training process be like?
This question is crucial. It is imperative that you know what the company’s training procedures are. Is training paid? Will you be trained on the job or will you be expected to watch training videos on your own time? This will help you decide whether or not the position is a good fit for you.
9. What are the performance expectations for this role?
This question shows your specific interest in the position and your desire to be as successful as possible. If you feel like you cannot uphold the expectations, you know that the position is not for you and you should keep searching. Make sure you remember some of these questions to ask during a job interview!
10. Why did you come to this company?
Asking this question is another opportunity to get a personal answer from the interviewer. This will also give you the chance to see why the company may be appealing. If the answer is not appealing, consider whether or not the position is right for you.