Looking for a job? Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget that they are there to find out more information about the role too.
Asking the right questions at an interview is important for two reasons:
- It’s an opportunity to show a deeper understand and interest in the company and role.
- You can learn a lot more about the realities of the position, in particular, those area’s that you might consider deal-breakers.
At the end of the interview you want to have achieved 2 things:
1. You want to have demonstrated your aptitude for the role.
2. You want to have a clearer sense of whether the employer is the right fit for you.
There are an infinite number of questions you could ask during a job interview, but if you stay focused on those 2 goals, the questions should come easily to you.
Here are some suggestions:
What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate? This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put his or her cards on the table and state exactly what the employer is looking for. If the interviewer mentions something you didn’t cover yet, now is your chance. (Forbes)
Have I answered all your questions? Before you begin asking your questions, find out if there’s anything they’d like you to elaborate on. Not only will they appreciate the offer, but it may be a good chance for you to gauge how well you’re doing.
What have you enjoyed most about working here? This question allows the interviewer to connect with you on a more personal level, sharing his or her feelings. The answer will also give you unique insight into how satisfied people are with their jobs there. If the interviewer is pained to come up with an answer to your question, it’s a big red flag. (Forbes)
Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills you see as fundamental to the role?
Knowing what skills the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its culture and its values. You can read more about the 3 soft skills you need to master here.