12 Questions You Should Consider Asking During Your Interview
Any job interview is NOT a one-way street. In other words, it’s not just the hiring manager and/or recruiter who should be asking questions.
You, as the job seeker and potential top candidate for the position, should also be asking questions. And not just basic, standard questions, either . . . but compelling, thought-provoking inquires that illustrate your interest and prove your seriousness.
Below are 12 questions you should consider asking during your interview. Keep in mind that you don’t have to ask all of these questions. Select the ones that you believe are most relevant to you and the position for which you’re applying.
#1—What does a typical day look like in this position?
#2—What are the skills and experiences you’re looking for in an ideal candidate?
#3—What do you like most about working here?
#4—How long have you been with the company?
#5—What’s your favorite part about working here?
#6—How long does someone typically stay in this job?
#7—How often is this job open?
#8—What is the toughest time of (day, week, month, or year) for a person in this job? Why?
#9—What is the key thing someone does to be successful in this job?
#10—What are the most important skills of the person who does this job?
#11—What is the biggest challenge someone in this job faces on a daily (or weekly or monthly) basis?
#12—If anyone has failed at this job, why did they fail?
Have you ever asked any of these questions during a face-to-face interview? If not, which questions did you ask?
The questions you ask during an interview can have a profound effect on your candidacy. In fact, they can “make or break” it.
Do NOT take this part of the interview lightly. Prepare to ask questions just as much as you prepare to answer them.
It could mean the difference between not getting a call back and receiving an offer of employment from the company.