Are you nervous about an upcoming job interview? One way to feel more confident and prepared for a job interview is to do some research so you can ask your interviewer some questions. Preparing your own questions could make you stand out in a large field of candidates. If you are truly interested in the company, a little research about the job and the company can go a long way to making a lasting impression in an interview.
First, look up the company’s website and study it for clues about the company’s values. It is also important to know what they do and how they talk about their work and products. Their “About Us” or “Our Company” page can provide you with subtle details about their company culture. They may also list some information about the job you’re applying for, or about other jobs available in the company.
Interview the Job Interviewer
Then, as you prepare your answers to their possible interview questions, be sure to write a few questions you want to ask them about the job you’re applying for and about the company. By asking them questions, it proves you have an interest in the company that goes beyond earning a paycheck. Plus, you will be well prepared, and being over-prepared for an interview often means you will be more relaxed and at ease, for all the questions they will ask you.
To get you started, here are five questions that you can ask your interviewer. The answers to these questions can give you an even better idea of how much you will enjoy working for the company. You can come up with your own questions, too!
These are just five of the many questions you can ask an interviewer in a job interview setting.
Do you have any doubts or further questions about my qualifications and how they match this position?
This question acts as a follow-up to all the questions you have been asked by the interviewer. By asking this question, you show that you want to make sure the interviewer has all the information they need in order to consider or hire you for the job. Be ready to fill in any gaps in the answers you’ve given so far, based on how the interviewer responds. If they skipped over something that you think could be important, see if you can find a way to mention it. For example, you may have volunteer experience that relates to the position. Even though you didn’t get paid for it, any relevant experience is still worth discussing.
What is a typical day like for a person in this role?
Interviewers love it when you show interest in the day-to-day activities for the job. It indicates that you are serious about what the job could be like for you. Of course, you want to know the answer to this so you can be sure you will like the job! Listen closely to the answer, because it can provide another reason to ask another question or add yet another way the position aligns with your skillset.
How do you define and measure success for this role?
Once again, this is another question that shows you are serious about the position. The answer can help you determine if you are interested in a second interview or in accepting an offer. If the employer’s answer to this question surprises you in some way, dig deeper and ask more questions. It is always good to know what to expect from the employer and the role you might be accepting.
What do you like most about working here?
This question is more personal for the interviewer, but it helps you get some insight into the company’s culture. The interviewer may have something specific to mention, like the company’s flexible time-off policy, that you would not normally ask about at this stage. Or, perhaps they will mention an aspect of the culture that you didn’t know about, such as pizza lunches once a month or comp time that allows employees to volunteer at local nonprofits. You never know what you could learn by asking open-ended questions like this one!
How do you help employees grow professionally?
Good employees are hard to find—and even harder to keep. Many move on because opportunities to advance is limited. You can give the interviewer an idea that you are planning to remain in the position by asking about how they train their workforce and enable them to step up to positions with more responsibility. Local employers want people to stay with them, and your questions about long-term employment can indicate that you might stay with the company, even if you outgrow the original job.
To sum it up, asking questions is just as important as answering questions in a job interview. A few well-thought-out questions can get you a step or two closer to getting hired or asked to take part in a second interview. Put some thought into your preparations for the interview and make sure you have something to ask your potential employer.