Written by Nancy Wu
When thinking about an interview, job seekers tend to focus solely on preparing to answer questions, but asking questions in an interview is just as important as answering them. Asking the right questions will help you determine if this is actually a company you want to work for, as well as assert your own qualifications to your interviewer. It will demonstrate and emphasize genuine interest in the position, the company, and your future potential role in it.
1. What is a typical day here like at Company X?
Depending on the size and organization of the company, this question will give you an idea of its day-to-day operations. It will also ensure that, if you do get an offer, you are prepared and you know what is expected of you from the very first day. The answer will let you know how you fit into the company and give specifics about how your role will play out.
2. Where do you see the company in 5 years?
Asking about the company’s future will give you information about its long-term goals, and you can then determine if they are in line with your own. It is also telling of the stability of the company, so you can get an idea of the security of your position.
3. Can you tell me about the team I would be working with?
You are the sum total of the five people you spend the most time with, so who you interact with at work regularly is extremely important. It also speaks about the company culture, as the people who make up the company will no doubt influence it greatly.
4. What do you like most about your job?
This is similar to the last one as to what it accomplishes, but it adds a personal touch and helps make a connection with the interviewer. Ask this to get a feel of what makes the hiring manager/interviewer come in, day after day.
5. What is the next step in the process?
This question is more logistics-based but is a must-ask. It demonstrates interest and invites the interviewer to tell you if other people are in the running for the position. Asking about the next step will also give you a list of action items to move forward with the process, unless the interviewer tells you to simply wait for the response.
Best of luck!