A job interview should always be a two-way conversation.
The employer should ask questions to evaluate your skills and whether you’d mesh well with the company culture. Then it should be your turn to ask questions to see if the job is what you want and the company is a good fit for you.
Here are 10 questions that can help you evaluate if the position is right for you.
- Tell me about a typical day and week in this position. This helps to clarify that the job is what you think it is. If possible, ask this question to someone who is currently in the role or on the team.
- What are the biggest challenges of this job? This helps you understand what you may be getting into.
- What are the greatest rewards? This might help to offset what you hear about the challenges. You may also uncover ways the rewards of the job align with your own personal values.
- What’s the most important thing I should accomplish in the first 90 days? Not only will this question help you hit the ground running if you accept an offer, it also shows you’re results oriented.
- What’s your least favorite part about working here? It’s unlikely that this will reveal anything too negative about your potential employer, but you might uncover something to explore in future interviews.
- What’s the best part about working for this company? This will tell you something about the culture of the company.
- Tell me about the company’s plans for growth and development. If the interviewer can’t answer this question with some detail, that’s a red flag. Everyone in the organization should be able to articulate where the company is headed. When you’re on board, you’ll want to know, won’t you?
- What are the career path options available from this position? Knowing what kind of future you might have with the company is important, but so is the timing on when you ask the question. Asking it too soon may give the impression you’re more interested in climbing the ladder than the position you’re there to talk about.
- What else would you like to know about me? This is the best open-ended question you can ask in an interview because it demonstrates that you want the potential employer to be as comfortable with you as you are with him or her.
- When can I expect to hear from you? This demonstrates you’re a closer. You don’t leave business unfinished.
Interviews are as much about finding the right job as they are about avoiding the wrong. Being prepared and having the right questions on hand will help you make the most informed decision about your next career move.
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