7 Questions You Should Ask During an Interview

by wpengine on July 30, 2014 in Job Search Tips, Workforce


Guest blog spot by Outside-In® Team Member Caitlin Olszewski

It happens at the end of every single interview and yet it still seems to secretly tie the shoelaces of even the most prepared candidates. We often find that when we are preparing candidates for interviews they ask for advice on how to answer, “Do you have any questions for me about the role?” It’s important to remember that an interview is meant to be more of a conversation and not an interrogation. Asking questions is the best way to demonstrate that you understand the company and their challenges while showing how you can bring value to their organization.

We compiled this list of 7 questions you can ask during an  interview to show your vested interest in the position and help answer some burning questions that might spark up in your mind later:

1. Can you describe a typical day in this role?

The answer to this question will give you more insight into what the position is currently like while showing that you’re already thinking about how you can jump right into things.

2. How would you describe the work environment or company culture?

“Cultural fit” is a term employers use to gauge if a candidate could thrive in their specific work environment. This question shows that you’re determined to be successful by ensuring that you’re the right fit for the job.

3. What are the company’s short and long term goals?

This question shows your interest in the company and where it’s headed. It lets the interviewer know that you’re thinking about the future and how you can contribute to the company’s success.

4. In what way is performance measured and evaluated?

Understanding the role and the company is the most important aspect of an interview. Asking how the performance of the role is evaluated will be memorable to the interviewer because it shows that you’re thinking about the quality of your work.

5. What career opportunities could open up for this role down the road?

Asking this question will demonstrate that you’re interested in professional development and advancement within in the company.

6. What would you say are the top two personality traits someone needs to do this job well?

This question will allow you to feel out whether you’ll be a good fit, and will get your interviewer to look past your resume and see you as an individual.

7. What types of initiatives does the company offer in reference to training and development?

During the time you’re in the interview, remember that this is a chance for you to show your enthusiasm and interest not only in the role for which you are applying, but also the business.


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