15 great questions to ask during a job interview
Looking for a fresh start or a career change? This is the right time to apply for a new job. With these 15 great questions, you can express your enthusiasm for a new position during an interview and leave a lasting impression.
Every job interview is different. However, proper preparation is key. It is also very important that an interview is not a one-sided conversation where only the potential new employer asks the questions. As a candidate, you should ask the employer also a few questions because it’s the best way to find out if you really fit the job offered and if you are going to be happy with this job. Moreover, it shows your serious interest in the company, colleagues, and future tasks. These are the best questions:
1. Have I answered all your questions?
Before you ask questions, be sure that there are no unanswered questions left with your counterpart. When you are being asked whether you have questions you can answer with: “Yes, I have a few questions for you. But first I would like to know if I have answered your questions satisfactorily. Would you like me to explain anything further or give examples?” This quick inquiry shows you care and that you are confident with providing answers to any question.
2. How would you describe the culture of the company?
This question gives you a detailed view of the hierarchy and culture of the company. In addition, the answer will tell you how important the company finds the well-being of their employees.
3. What additional requirements, that are not mentioned in the job posting, are important to you?
This question will also help you learn about the company culture and the values of the executive suite and management. Only then can you be sure if the job is the right fit for you.
4. What type of personal skills do you expect in addition to professional skills?
A very important question to make sure that your personal values match the company. As part of this, it’s best to also ask about overtime, the possibility to work from home, and other company regulations.
5. What are the three most important things I should accomplish in the next few months if you hire me?
This is how you show a clear interest in the position. It will also make it easier for you to steer the conversation in the right direction and make it clear that you are perfect for the position.
6. What would a typical workday look like if you hired me?
Again, this question clearly shows your desire to get this job. Most importantly, the answer shows you if you have the necessary skills to be successful in the company.
7. Is this a new position? Or did the person before me quit? What was the reason?
A somewhat awkward question, but hugely important and fortunately not so uncommon now. It just shows that you’re smart and want to know exactly why the person before you wasn’t happy with their job.
8. Where do you see your company in three years?
When you ask this question, you show your interviewer that you are thinking ahead and also plan to be a part of the company for the long term.
9. How do you nurture the talents and strengths of your employees?
Again, you’re showing that you’re thinking long-term. In addition, you can look to see if there is room for advancement within the company and if there are opportunities for continuing education, training, or even bonuses.
10. What do you like most about working at this company?
This question will win you sympathy points. That’s because everyone likes to talk about themselves and the things they know about. This is especially important at small companies and startups where you’re talking directly to your boss.
11. How do you rate your main competitors? In which areas is your company better at than them?
Indeed, also a somewhat tricky question, but if the interview is going great so far, it clearly shows that you have already thought about your future tasks and goals.
12. How do you judge success?
Knowing how a company measures the success of its employees is important. It shows you how you should improve yourself and helps you make a final decision about whether those principles match yours.
13. Is there anyone else I should get to know at this point?
With this, you not only continue to show interest but also that the team is very important to you. In the best case, you’ll be given a tour of the office once and can see what your colleagues and the atmosphere at work are like right away.
14. Is there anything we haven’t discussed that I should know about this position?
This question is the perfect way to wrap up the conversation. It’s also a great way for you to get some important news.
15. Approximately how long will it take you to make a decision and when can I expect a response?
The end of the interview and once again the perfect chance to show that you really want the job.
What do you think about interview questions? Have you ever used any of them yourself? Or is there a whole important question missing in your eyes? Feel free to tell us about your experiences in the comment!