It’s your interview for your dream job, and you’ve survived the interviewer’s tough questions. No, you didn’t just survive them, you nailed them! All of that practice didn’t go to waste! The interviewer has finished jotting down some notes, looks up at you and asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” You freeze. Oh no! You’ve been so focused on answering questions that you forgot to think about your own!
Asking questions during a job interview is a great way to get more information about the position and company. If fact, asking questions is so important that failing to do so is deemed as a huge misstep. Furthermore, asking generic questions like, “So what does this position do?” is also a misstep because it shows you have not prepared. Due to the importance of this aspect of job interviews, we asked our very own recruiters the best questions candidates can ask during a job interview:
Questions about the Company
Ask in-depth questions about the company, as it gives you more opportunity to learn about and connect with the organization on a deeper level. You should have done preliminary research, so make sure these questions aren’t surface level and could be answered by simply looking at the company’s website.
Example 1: What makes this position hard, and how did you learn to overcome that challenge?
Example 2: What qualities should one possess to excel at this position?
Questions about Personal Experience
Create a connection between yourself and your interviewer by asking questions about his/her personal experience with the company.
Example 1: What has your experience at company ABC been like?
Example 2: What is your favorite part about your job?
Questions to Build Recruiter’s Credibility
Help build trust between you and the interviewer by asking questions that build his/her credibility and expertise in the field.
Example 1: How do you find candidates?
Example 2: What do you like most about recruiting in this industry?
Questions to Show Interest
There are a variety of questions you can ask to show your engagement and interest in the position for which you’re interviewing.
Example 1: What is the company culture like, and how big is the team/department I will be apart of?
Example 2: What are the next steps in the interview process, and when should I expect to hear back?
Thinking of questions to ask during a job interview is hard to do on the spot, but like all aspects of job interviews, the more you prepare, the easier it will be.