How To Ask The Right Questions In A Job Interview
Good job! You made it through your interview, but hold on, the interviewer turns the tables and asks one more question. That being, “Do you have any questions for me?” This will be a standard part of almost every interview, and it is a great idea to come prepared with a few questions. But before we get into that, you need to understand why this is so important.
The follow up questions after an interview are critical and may put you ahead of other applicants that ask weak or no questions at all. Asking the right questions shows that you are interested in the job, gives you an opportunity to demonstrate industry knowledge that demonstrates you would be a good fit, and last (but not least) it gives you a better understanding of the job and its requirements. To put it simply, asking the right questions gives you an edge over other applicants as well as making sure you have a good understanding of the job and what it may entail.
Now that you understand the importance of post interview questions, it’s time for you to prepare some open ended questions for your interview. A general rule of thumb is to prepare 3-5 open ended questions for you to ask.
A few questions you could ask are:
- What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?
- Are there opportunities for professional development? If so, what do those look like?
- What are the company’s values? What characteristics do you look for in employees in order to represent those values?
- What’s your favorite part about working at the company?
- Who do you think would be the ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare?
While these examples are rather generic and can be applied to any position, it is strongly encouraged to prepare job specific questions. Click this link to see more specific examples of what you should ask. For example, if you are interviewing for a sales position maybe ask about how the company generates leads, and if they provide or assist in generating leads, and so on and so forth.
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