What should I ask in an interview?
Questions to ask in a job interview
You made it through to the final interview! Congratulations, you obviously have something about you that the company wants to spend time understanding and exploring.
By now you should have already done your homework and spent time reviewing the job role and the company as well as trying to figure out the potential questions you may be asked. Good job, you're almost ready! One final thing: have you considered what questions you will ask in the interview?
Yes, that’s right. An interview is a two-way street. Naturally your potential employer will want to find out whether you are a good match for the company, however, it is equally important for you to figure out whether they are a good match for you. By asking the right questions in the interview you will be in a better place to understand how suitable you are for each other, after all you don't want to start working somewhere that doesn't have the right fit.
Asking questions will also help you look prepared and interested in the opportunity, which, let’s face it, never hurts. Think about it this way: have you ever been on a date where the other person spent the whole time talking about themselves, without ever asking you a single question? It's likely you'll get the impression that they are not interested in you at all.......that's how the employer may feel if you don't ask any questions about the job or role.
So, what specific questions should I ask?
Before you get your hopes up, we need to be honest, there is no magic list of perfect questions for you to ask. If we go back to the dating analogy: your comments or questions won’t work the same with different dates, so why would they with employers? You need to find questions that help you understand whether they are who you want to spend the rest of your (working) life with and nobody else's questions will help you with this, you need to think about what's important to you.
In order to do that, let's give you a piece of advice: stop and think! What is important for you in a (working) relationship? What has and hasn’t worked for you in the past? Review your previous history and build up the questions for your interview. Think about things like culture, management styles, benefits or even working hours.
Some tips when coming up with questions to ask in an interview
If you are still struggling with what to ask, remember that something key you need to understand is:
- Would you like the job you are applying for?
- Do you actually have the qualities/potential to perform in it?
- Do you share the company’s values and way of working?
In order to find out about it, there are multiple questions you can ask when the time comes in your interview:
- Could you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
- What does a typical day look like?
- What qualities do the best employees in this role have?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days/60 days/1 year?
- What role does the culture of your company play in your success? How would you describe it?
First Response tip
We love to hear all your questions as we find they help us better understand you and fill in any gaps we may have. Questions will help both of us make sure that the opportunity we are offering is definitely right for you and your future.
- Interviews are a two way street
- It is desirable for you to ask questions in your interview
- Asking questions allows the company to find out more about you and see how well you may fit in
- Questions allows you to find if the company and/or role is the right match for you