Congratulations! You have received an interview. You have come one step closer to your dream job.
No doubt you would prepare for any interview questions that you may be asked.
However, the interview also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the company and the role for which you have applied.
Asking questions about the company, hiring manager, and position also shows that you are serious about getting a feel for what it’s like to work for the company. It shows that you took the time to assess the position and that you are serious about figuring out if it is right for you.
It leaves a strong impression on interviewers and can often make all the difference when choosing between two equally qualified applicants.
Let’s look at some of the best questions to ask at the end of the interview.
1. What are the daily tasks for this job?
While you are likely to be familiar with the job description, it is likely that it has not been specified exactly what the day-to-day duties will be for the position. There are likely to be minor tasks on your work day that are not listed in the job description.
Asking about daily expectations of the job can help you get a better picture of whether you are really enjoying the job.
While the job description in the list suits your skills very well, you may spend a lot of time talking on the phone or answering emails rather than doing jobs that challenge you. If this is not what you are interested in, then this is something you should know before accepting the position.
2. What do you expect for the job in the next few months, six months and the next year?
Everyone will have different expectations of the career they are about to begin. Perhaps you are looking for a company where you can move up quickly or you are looking for long term job security. While these may be your expectations, you want to be sure that they are in line with the company’s expectations.
During the interview, talk to the hiring manager about expectations for the first month on the job. Then check to see if those expectations will change in the first six months.
Finally, find out what you want to have achieved after a year. If you know what you are getting into, you can be happy with the position if you take the job.
3. What can you tell me about the corporate culture?
Corporate culture is extremely important for happiness at work. If the company culture doesn’t suit your needs or if you don’t feel comfortable around the area, you won’t be happy with the job.
Ask the hiring manager briefly to describe what the culture is like. This includes everything from the design of the office to the interaction between employees and the dress code.
Since you will be spending a lot of time in the office when you are hired, you want to make sure the culture suits your needs.
4. Where do you see the company in five years?
Regardless of whether you are interviewing a small startup or a well-known brand, you want to know which direction the company is headed in the next few years.
While the hiring manager may not have all of the answers about the decisions senior management makes for the company, they should have some insight into the company’s long-term business goals.
When deciding whether or not a job is right for you, you want to think long term.
Whether or not you think you will still be with the company five years from now, you are likely looking for a position to grow with. Therefore, it is valuable to understand the leadership’s vision for the future success of the company.
5. What challenges and opportunities do you see for the company or department?
Regardless of the job you’re interviewing for, you, your team, and the company as a whole face certain challenges and opportunities.
Understanding whether you can tackle these challenges before getting involved can help prevent feeling overwhelmed or unsatisfied with your career choice.
However, just showing that you are ready to help the company do its best can create the impression that hiring people would be a good investment.
6. What do you like best about working for the company?
Finding out the personal favorite quality of the company’s hiring manager is an interesting way to get a feel for the company’s brand.
Since many hiring managers anticipate such a question, they will be conveying something they believe is a strong characteristic of the brand. Your response can allow you to see what the company values and prioritizes.
7. What is the normal career path for someone in this role?
Although you look to the near future when you take on a new job, you also want to consider how that decision will affect you long-term career plans.
When you know where you want to be in a few years’ time, you want to be sure that the choices you make now will get you closer to where you want to be.
You also want to understand what typical promotion path someone follows in this job. Asking this question will also give you a better idea of how the company advertises from the inside out. If you have a typical path that the employee will follow to climb the ladder, you can discuss it at this point.
However, if they don’t have a good answer, it may mean they don’t usually promote employees. This could be a red flag depending on what you’re looking for in the long term.
8. What qualities does someone need to be successful in this role?
Sometimes a company lists important qualities and characteristics in their job description. However, this is not always the case, even if having the right qualities is incredibly important to knowing whether or not you will fit into a job.
This question can help you determine if you are meeting the hiring manager’s expectations for the position. It also gives you an idea of the qualities and characteristics the company values in its team members.
This will give you a better idea of the topics, stories, or accomplishments that you need to focus on to prove that you are well suited for the position.
9. What are the next steps for the interview process?
Before you leave the interview, you want to know what to expect.
Each company has its own process for tracking the candidates after the interview process. While some will let you know one way or another, others will only contact people who they hope will see them again. Knowing whether or not to expect a message can relieve stress and confusion on your part.
Asking this question also shows that you are excited about moving the hiring process forward. If you ask about the schedule, including when you should get feedback and hoping someone will start the job, it shows that you are ready to become part of the team.
Tips for developing the right questions at the end of the interview
The questions you ultimately ask your interviewer depend on what you covered during the interview process.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing these questions.
First of all, you want to prepare at least two questions to be asked after the interview is over. However, you don’t want to have too many and you risk the interview taking too long.
At the end of the interview, a maximum of five questions should be answered. If you have more than this, try to find a way to answer these during the interview rather than at the end.
You also want to avoid answering yes or no questions. Open questions enable discussions and provide you with further information from the HR manager.
Finally try it Avoid asking questions about salary so early in the process. While it’s important, you don’t want to be too far ahead of yourself. Discussing salary and performance is usually one of the last things you and a hiring manager will talk about. So hold back until you are further in the hiring process.
Take some time to research the company before doing an interview. Know as much as you can about the business, the job, and your expectations.
You don’t want to ask a question that makes you look unprepared.
Knowing what you need outside of the job can help you develop interview end questions that will leave a lasting impression and make sure you know whether or not the position is what you expected. Use these nine questions as a starting point for a successful conversation.
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