We have talked quite a bit about how to prepare for a job interview, and some questions that you should be ready for. However, today we would like to address the end of the interview; specifically, how best to find out more information about the job, the work culture, and the organization.
You have prepared, answered all the interview questions, and now the final question arises: “Do you have any questions for us?” We know that, in many instances, you might freeze and not be able to think of any constructive questions to ask. We highly suggest you use this opportunity to find out as much information as you need to help decide if the position is the right fit for you. Do not dismiss this chance to ask people who work within the company more about what you are curious about, while also using it to show you are truly interested in the organization and the job.
Here are 12 questions you can consider asking:
- What is the managers leadership style?
- What is something you would change about the company?
- What do you enjoy most about working for the company?
- What skills is the team missing that you’re looking to fill?
- What challenges should I anticipate facing in this position?
- What other departments will I be working with?
- How has the organization changed since you have been here?
- Where do you see the company in 10 years?
- What are some interesting facts about your team members?
- If I am considered for the position, what other resources would you suggest I review before starting?
- Is there anything I can clarify about my qualifications?
- What are the next steps in the hiring process?
We suggest selecting three questions that apply most to you. You do not need to ask all three, and some may be answered during the interview. However, some preparation ahead of time allows you to be ready when the opportunity arises. You also want to be respectful of time, so keep that in mind as well.
Be sure not to ask anything that could be found via their website, or something that is common knowledge. Use this time to personalize your questions to show that you are serious about working at the organization.
Interviews, while challenging, are an opportunity to learn and grow! With a little research, time, and effort, we are certain you will ace your next one.