Job applicants spend most of their time researching questions their interviewer might ask and coming up with suitable answers. Which makes sense, given that most of the interview is spent answering questions. However, it’s just as important to come up with a few questions of your own to ask after the interview is over. Clever questions can both help you learn if the position is right for you and show your interviewer you’re the right person for the job. Here are a few questions that are always great to ask.
- What are your (or the company’s) goals for this year?
Ideally, you want your interviewer’s goals to line up with your own. If they’re going to be your manager or co-worker, your goals should be on the same track. You can also follow up this question by mentioning how you can help them fulfill those goals, proving yourself a valuable hire before you even step foot in the workplace. You can also ask this question as it applies to the company as a whole.
- What is the most difficult part of the job?
For your own knowledge, you should know the toughest parts of the job up front. In addition, asking this question shows that you aren’t afraid to step up to a challenge. You can follow your interviewer’s answer up with detailing how you’ll be able to handle those types of difficulties.
- What will the first 30 days on the job look like?
This question helps prepare you for what might happen if you get a job offer. Employers like to see forward-thinking questions, and it’s better for you to have some idea of what the early days of the job might look like. That way you won’t be lost your first day on the job.
- How do you measure success?
Different companies and managers have varying ways of evaluating employee success. Some have yearly evaluations, whereas others check in more frequently to track employee goals. One company might value customer surveys, while another could be more interested in looking at hourly productivity. You want to make sure that the company’s evaluation style goes well with how you work.
Hopefully you feel a bit more prepared to ask questions at the end of your interview. Do you have any favorite interview questions of your own to ask? Let us know in the comments section below!
Question #3 is important because you want to be able to prepare yourself for a good start in a new position. Maybe you will be in training for the first two weeks on the job. Many companies pay a reduced rate or salary during training; some don’t pay at all for training of their new hires. If you know this ahead of time because you were bold enough to ask this will bring greater clarity as to whether you are a good fit for this company.