There are a million things running through someones mind when they are interviewing you.
But the number 1 most important and frequent thought is “will this person be a good fit for this role”?
There are a lot of factors that contribute to whether or not they determine you are a good fit. And honestly sometimes you aren’t and don’t take that personally!
But if you really want a job that you know you are qualified for then there are things you can do during the interview to help show the person interviewing you that yes, you are a great fit.
One of those things is to always ask questions! Most interviews end with “do you have any questions for me?”. If you answer “no, I’m good thanks” it comes across that either you are uninterested or uninformed and either way that is not a good look.
So below are 14 questions that you can ask at the end of your interview to show off your knowledge, skills, and competency while showing that you are genuinely interested in the position and the company.
You don’t need to ask each one! Sometimes they will have already been answered or sometimes they are not relevant to the company or position.
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Question 1) Can you describe your ideal candidate for this role?
This gives both you and the interviewer the opportunity to further discuss what the company values in an employee and help determine if you are truly a good fit for the position.
This is a question that works in almost every interview to ask, even if you are in the early stages of the interview process.
Question 2) What does the growth path from this position look like?
This question is both informative and makes you look good to the interviewer.
It can give you a lot of insight on how highly a company values growing and developing their employees as well as if they actively promote from within.
It also shows that you are interested in a long term future with their company which recruiters/HR always loves to see.
Question 3) Can you tell me what a general day in this position would look like?
This question is especially important if this role is different than anything you have done before. It can also give you more information that could lead to you asking additional questions so you can also determine on your end if this position is a good place for you.
It also shows the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in hearing about the position and the day to day life.
Question 4) What do you love about working for X company?
Asking questions directly about the person interviewing you gives them a chance to talk and helps build a personal connection.
It can also give you some ideas about the company on a more personal level so you can see if it is a company that you want to work for.
Question 5) What are the KPI (key performance indicator) metrics for this position?
This is an incredibly important question to ask for basically every job.
It gives you a good idea of what the company prioritizes in terms of work performance. Which can be very telling about a company in general and the answer can help you determine if this is a company that you will be a good fit for.
This question also shows the interviewer that you care about doing positive work and hitting/surpassing their expectations.
Question 6) What are the current projects this position or team are working on?
They may not be able to give you all the details because either a) privacy/legal reasons or b) this individual may not know but they will appreciate your interest in the companies projects. But it is still a great question to ask!
Question 7) What is the one biggest challenge an individual in this position will face?
This question shows that you are aware that every job has challenges but that you are ready and willing to tackle them!
It also can show you a lot about the company and help you decide if your preferences align with the challenges. If there is certain things that are huge concerns for you and they list one of those concerns as the positions biggest challenge then this job might not be a great fit for you.
Question 8) Is this team or department looking to grow?
This question can show you a lot about the trajectory and growth plans for the company.
If you are interviewing for a managerial position it is also good to discuss how many additional people could end up reporting to you.
Question 9) How does the training for this position work?
Proper training can make or break if you ultimately succeed in your position. Which is why this question is a great one to ask!
Asking about the training will show you if this company prioritizes setting their employees up for success and if they have well established training programs.
Question 10) Could you briefly describe the work culture?
This question can provide you with helpful information regarding what the work environment will be like and if you believe that you will be a good fit.
It can also open a great conversation with the interviewer about what you value in a work culture which can show them how great of a fit you are for their company.
Question 11) What does the performance evaluation timeline and process look like?
Performance evaluations are the best way to know how your boss views your work performance and is a vital part of your professional development. So working for a company with a well established and thought out performance evaluation process is especially important for anyone who is in a time of a lot of professional development and growth.
Question 12) Where do you see this company in 5 years?
This is a question that most recruiters/HR will love to hear you ask! It gives them an opportunity to talk about the growth plans of the company and it gives you a better idea of what your future with the company could end up looking like.
This is extra important if this is a small business or a start-up company.
Question 13) What does the department or teams structure look like?
This can give you a good view of what your work would be like and the way the interviewer describes the team/department structure can be very telling about the company.
It also shows that you have a lot of interest in the team and ensuring that you will fit correctly into it.
Question 14) Is there anything regarding my experience or skills that concerns you?
The final question that you should consider asking in your interview is a blunt but important one.
Inquiring if the interviewer has ant concerns regarding your experience or skills gives you the opportunity to either clarify and help inform them or to express that you are always eager to learn new things and work hard.
Best of luck in your interview!