Having a list of things to ask in an interview is an important part of the preparation process.
If you are currently preparing for an interview then you have probably thoroughly researched the company, come up with questions you might be asked and planned some great responses. However, in all this interview preparation it can be easy to forget that you should also have a list of things to ask your interviewer.
Having a list of questions prepared will benefit you for a number of reasons:
- You can use your questions to further show off and validate the skills that you may have already touched on earlier in the interview.
- You can demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the role and the company.
- You can find out more about the company and decide whether they are a good fit for you.
Sometimes thinking of things to ask in an interview can be tricky, so here are 6 good questions that you may want to consider:
1. What do people enjoy most about working here?
A question like this will allow you to establish a personal connection with your interviewer. You will be able to get a personal opinion and at the same time get an idea of how content they are at the company. They probably won’t say anything negative (this would be pretty unprofessional) but if you notice that they are struggling to come up with an answer, you should be a little concerned.
2. What training would I receive in this role both now and in the future?
This is a particularly great question if you are in the early stages of your career because you want to show that you are keen to continue to develop professionally and grow your knowledge and skill-set. It also suggests that you plan to stay and develop with the company long-term.
3. Could you tell me a little bit about the team I would be working with?
This question shows that you are a team player. It also gives you the chance to get an idea about the people you could be working with every day. Ask yourself, ‘does this sound like my kind of team?’
4. What are some of the challenges that come with this role?
Basically, you are asking, ‘what am I getting myself into?’ A job description can only tell you so much, so use your interview as an opportunity to find out more.
5. Can you tell me more about the company culture?
Every company has its own unique culture and you want to fit in with this. It is important for you to know the company culture and believe that it is something that is right for you.
6. What is the next step in the process?
If you do not know what the next step in the hiring process is, then do not be afraid to ask. Asking the question will show that you are keen to move forward and it may prompt the interviewer to give you a bit more information about how many other people are in the running for the position.
Asking great questions like these will definitely boost your chances of moving forward and securing a job offer!