Unless otherwise stated, job interviews are not supposed to be one-sided. While it is normal for a recruiter to ask questions during an interview, it is necessary, if not essential, that interviewees ask questions of their own in return. As a potential employee, you should ask questions to:
– Ensure that the interviewer has no reservations about you.
– Demonstrate your interest in the employer.
– Find out if you feel the employer is the right fit for you.
Three to five questions is a good range. Have more than three prepared, because chances are, some of these questions will be answered during the interview.
These five questions are a great start:
1. What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?
This open-ended question allows the interviewer to tell you what they are looking for.
2. What is the single largest problem facing your staff?
This shows the interviewer that you are trying to find out how you can fit in the part of the team. It also shows your ability to think like an engaged team member.
3. What do you like most about working here?
This will hopefully provide insight into how satisfied employees are with working at the organization. It may also provide insight into the company culture.
4. How has this position evolved since it was created?
You will find out how the role has changed over the years. This will help you find out if there is potential for growth in the position.
5. What constitutes success in this position and in this organisation?
This will show you whether your definition of success is in line with that of the organisation and it will help you find out if the organisation is a good fit for your career.
And two more:
6. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
Note that you said ‘will’; you are speaking like you already have the job. This is an important question because it will help you find out what kind of people you will interact with on a daily basis, so pay attention to the answer.
7. What is the top priority of the person in this position over the next three months?
This will help you form an idea of what to focus on when you start so that you can make a good first impression.
By asking these questions, you show confidence and interest in the vacant position and the organisation as a whole. Good luck in your next interview.
What other questions can you ask your interviewer? Let us know in the comments.