5 Questions to Ask at an Interview

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with some people in the workforce over the past couple of months and get some advice about how to present yourself at an interview, and what questions to ask the interviewer. Asking questions as the interviewee is one of the most important aspects of a job interview, and it can show how much you want and care for the position. It can also help to set you apart from the competition and leave a lasting impression on the interviewer. So I decided to make a list of the 5 best questions to ask at an interview. You can never be over prepared.

1. “How do you define success for this job?”

This question helps you get a clear understanding of what the job entails and the expectations the company will have for you in it. Expectations and goals are pivotal for a position. Once you know what is expected of you, you can perform your job to the best of your ability.

2.  “Can I have a quick tour?”

This question will get you out of the interview room and allow you to get a better look at the office. This will give you a chance to gauge co-worker interaction, work-space design (lighting, noise level, cleanliness) and the department as a whole. It can also give you an idea of the type of relationships have with each other, and whether it is healthy or toxic.

3. “What is your favorite part about working here?”

 Companies, like job candidates, are putting their best foot forward during the interview process, often highlighting all of their corporate perks. By asking every person you interview with what they like best about working at the company you’ll get a better sense of the perks that people regularly experience versus the perks that live only on paper. This isn’t all about you selling yourself to the company. The company also has to sell itself to you.

4. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?

Not only will this question show your confidence in landing the job during the interview, but also it will teach you about the type of people you’d work with at the company. Learning about your future coworkers is a great way to learn more about the position. With this question, you can also find out about the types of project’s you’ll work on and what’s expected of you as an employee.

5. Where do you hope the company will be in five years?

This is another question that has the potential to get the interviewer excited about their job. You’ll also learn about any upcoming changes the company might experience and the goals the interviewer has for their position within company. Learning this information will give you a better idea of how you’d fit as a potential employee.

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