It’s interview day. You’ve perfected your resume. You’ve brushed up on answers to popular questions, and made sure your hair looks good. These are essential components of interview preparation. You’re ready for whatever questions they are going to throw at you, equipped with answers to make you stand out as a strong candidate.
A lot of people forget, however, that they need to think of questions to ask their interviewer. Asking questions during a job interview is crucial. It helps you stand out, and it allows you to learn more information about the position and the company. We’ve put together a list of questions across different categories that will help you to stand out as a candidate.
Questions about the hiring process
What is the next step in the hiring process?
This question shows your interest in moving forward and filling the position. They’ll know that you are eager to start training and are available right away. Being ready to go as soon as possible is a positive sign for hiring managers who are in need of filling a position as soon as possible.
Do you need any further documents from me?
Being proactive about providing documentation demonstrates that you have a paper trail to vouch for your qualifications. It can also be a helpful reminder for busy hiring managers, in case they forget that they need more information to proceed. They will appreciate it!
How often is this position open?
This can reveal a lot about the turnover rate for the position. If people don’t stay for long, there is likely a reason why, which can be positive or negative. It’s a good idea for you to understand what you’re getting into. You need to figure out if people are leaving because they are unhappy or because they are being promoted.
Questions about the job
What skills would the ideal candidate for this position need to have?
Inquiring about this can give you insight if you’d be a good fit. It also gives you the opportunity to discuss your strengths with the interviewer. It’s a good opportunity to highlight your skills and discuss how you’d be an asset.
What is the team I will be working with like?
This helps you to learn about your future co-workers before getting hired. This provides great insight into company culture and workplace atmosphere. You’ll also gain an understanding of how the company does teamwork.
Questions about career advancement
Who previously held the position I am applying for?
Getting information on the person whose shoes you’re filling is a valuable insight. Were they promoted or did they quit after two weeks because the job was unbearable? This information can be helpful for you to decide if this job is going to be worth it for you.
What skills or knowledge will I gain in this position?
This can help you figure out if this job is a good fit for your future career path and goals, or if it would be a waste of your time. It’s good to know if a job will give you opportunities to grow and develop professionally.
In the upcoming year will there be promotion opportunities?
When you show interest that you want to move up, it shows a good attitude, self-motivation, and willingness to work hard for the company. It also gives them the idea that you want to stick around, and that you won’t hop to another opportunity right away.
Questions about the company
What do you enjoy most about working here?
This question gives you valuable insight from the hiring manager about the company culture and it’s a nice personal question that they can answer. Everyone likes talking about themselves and their own experiences.
What are the growth plans and goals for the company in the next 5 years?
For positions that you are confident you want, showing that you have an interest in staying for awhile will make you stand out. Asking this question can give you a lot of information on the future of the company. It shows the interviewer that you’re ready to be there for a good haul and not only temporary employment.
Who are the major competitors of this company?
This can be tricky because it could show that you are not very informed about the industry, but sometimes it can be a great question to ask. For positions with huge corporations, you should know who their competitors are. For smaller companies and startups, this question will make you stand out as someone who will keep a competitive edge.
Always remember that a job interview is a conversation, not an interrogation. It’s an opportunity to interact with your potential future boss. Never forget to gather information about them while they are gathering information about you. What you learn in an interview could play a huge role in your future success and happiness in the position.
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