Smart Questions to Ask during an Interview

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An interview is not a grilling fest where you are supposed to leave feeling interrogated — it is, however, a chance to show that you are well-researched and extremely prepared to take on the role! 💪

 

Kass Monzon

 Published on July 9, 2019       Updated on April 1, 2020

Kass is the co-founder at Workbean. She’s obsessed about finding happiness at work and helping organizations understand their people better. She will never be seen without coffee in her hand.

Interviews are a two-way conversation. The interviewers almost always expect you to prepare a couple of questions to gauge how much you know about the company and how involved you are in the process. So, we’re here to help you come up with some examples based on what you want to get out of the interview.

If your goal is…knowing the company culture

What do you (the interviewer) like best about working for this company?

What does the team like doing for fun?

How do you celebrate the success of people within the company?

If your goal is…getting more details about the job

Can you tell me more about the day-to-day activities of this role?

What could possibly be the most challenging aspect of this job?

What is the biggest challenge that the team is trying to solve right now?

To whom will this position report to? Is it possible to meet him or her once I get into the next round?

If your goal is…gauging your fit for the role

What are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

What are the essential skills required to help the team become more efficient?

Is there anything on my resume or background that may make me unfit for the role?

If your goal is…identifying paths to career development

Where is the company headed to in the next five years?

Where have the successful employees in this role progress into?

Do you provide training and development programs to help employees grow?

If your goal is…identifying next steps and get the results

What are the next steps after this interview?

Are there any final questions you have for me?

When should I expect to hear from you next?

Of course, there are QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD NOT ASK during a job interview:

 

What does your company do?

(Seriously, you should know this before getting into that room!)

How often can I work from home?

(Only ask if the job description says it’s ok to work from home.)

How long will it take for me to get promoted?

(Frame it differently by following the questions for career development.)

What are the benefits that you offer employees?

(Ask this once you have the offer already!)

Good luck on that job interview and ask the right questions! Remember it’s always better to be over-prepared for any interview. 

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