Asking the right questions in an interview is important for many reasons; first to appear prepared and genuinely interested in the role. Naturally, you wouldn’t be there if you weren’t, but being prepared with great questions shows that you care enough about the role and your career to ask for important information that will impact you and your position down the road.
Second, you are interviewing the employer just as much as they are you, so it is important to know what you’re getting yourself into should you accept an offer. Does this role require a lot of overtime? Are there existing issues that will need resolution upon you coming in? Understanding key information about the role will help prepare you so that you can go into the role “grabbing the bull by the horns”
Third, asking the right questions will allow you to gauge if the interviewer has reservations about you and find out if you feel the employer is the right fit for you. Things like their management style and expectations.
It is recommended that candidates do their best if presented with the opportunity, to ask questions at the beginning of the interview. You will be able to leverage this information and tailor your responses accordingly, which gives you a huge advantage for positioning yourself more favorably.
- What would I have to do to be successful in this role
- Describe a typical day for someone in this role
- Where do you see the company going in 5 years?
- What do you love most about working for this company?
- What would be my biggest challenge coming into this role?
- How is the company’s relationship with X client?
- Can you tell me more about the team I would be working with?
- What’s the biggest company challenge at the moment and would I be in a position to help solve it?
- Can you tell me about your leadership style?
- What are the next steps?