Five questions you should ask during an interview  
Careers advice, Interview

Five questions you should ask during an interview  

Asking questions will help you to find out what you really need to know about the company, role and team.

We’ve covered how to answer the most common interview questions. But what about the questions you should ask the interviewer? When it’s your turn to ask questions, it’s best to come prepared. Not having any questions at the end of an interview can send the message that you’re not really interested in the job. Also, use your questions to your advantage. An interview is a two-way street. This is your chance to find out what you really need to know about the company, role and team to help you decide if this job is the right fir for you.

1. What does success look like in this role?

The benefits of asking this question are two-fold. First, you get to see what’s expected of you in this role, and second it shows that you are already thinking about how to excel in this position.

2. What do you like about working here?

Whether they admit it or not, most people like to talk about themselves, so this is an opportunity to establish a bit of rapport with your interviewer. How they answer will also tell you a lot about the company culture. If they struggle to find something nice to say, maybe that’s a red flag to stay away

3. I saw X on your website, can you tell me more about that?

Here is your chance to show that you’ve done your homework. Look on the company’s website for recent news, product launches, organizational announcements, awards, etc. Bonus points if the content would have a direct impact on your job.

4. Why is this role important to the company?

This question is a great way to determine how your role will be viewed internally. It also shows that you’re thinking of how your role impacts the company and demonstrates that you’re able to have a “big-picture “mentality.

5. If you choose to move forward with me as a candidate, what are the next steps?

It’s always helpful to know what the timeline for getting hired would be, and by asking this question you’re showing the interviewer that you’re interested, eager and ready to move forward.

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