A job interview is no longer a one-way street — as a job seeker, you are just as entitled to ask questions during the interview and gauge fit as a potential employer is. Take advantage of this by speaking up. Not only will it help you understand whether the position aligns with your skills and experience, but it will also show the interviewer that you are an active rather than passive participant in this discussion. Asking informed questions can leave a good impression and demonstrate genuine interest in the position.
Before heading off to your next job interview, don’t just practice answering interview questions— print out these questions so you’ll be prepared when the interviewer asks: “Do you have any questions for me?”
1. How do I compare to your ideal candidate?
If your interviewer expresses reservations about your qualifications or experience, you can clear up any misunderstandings or fill in any gaps in your resume by understanding where the bar is set.
2. How has this job evolved over time?
If a longstanding role has never changed over the years, you could be interviewing for a dead-end position or with a company that doesn’t embrace change.
3. What are the advancement opportunities?
Many people do not plan to stay in a single position for their entire career, and sometimes the lack of upward mobility can be a deal-breaker. Make sure the job you take offers the type of advancement opportunities you need to craft the career path you want.
4. How will this position have an impact?
Today’s job seekers want to know how they’ll be making an impact beyond just their department — on the company, in the community and in the world. Ask the tough questions to understand how you will fit in.
5. What would my typical day look like in this role?
If job responsibilities such as interacting with co-workers, working at a desk, or traveling frequently are important to you, make sure they’re a big part of the typical day that your interviewer describes.
6. Does this position offer any flexibility?
Flexibility is one of the keys to a healthy work-life balance, which is important to workers in every stage of life. Be sure your potential employer is willing to work with you to ensure that your needs are met.
7. What are the company benefits?
From health insurance to vacation time to perks, benefits can have a significant impact on your overall compensation and satisfaction. Ask the right questions up front so you can make the right decision by getting a more holistic picture.
8. What are the next steps before the company extends an offer?
Ask this question last to reiterate your interest in the job and determine the company’s hiring timeline. Are you evaluating other offers? Sometimes it can work to your benefit to reveal that, but use your judgment.