“Do you have any questions for us?”
It’s one of the most dreaded questions in job interviews. You know it’s coming, but your mind almost always goes blank. After all, you don’t know much about the company’s processes yet. How do you know what to ask?
There are a couple of questions that anyone can ask at an interview that will illuminate more about the job. What are they? Keep reading to find out.
Why You Should Ask the Interviewer Questions
Interviews often veer into the realm of interrogations, but they don’t need to. You should go into every interview with a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
It’s not about looking smart or engaged. Though, serving the tennis ball back to the interviewer’s side of the court does accomplish that, too. Instead, think of those questions as a way of getting to know more about the job to see if it’s a good fit.
When you leave an interview, you should be as concerned with whether you want the role as the interviewer is with finding the right person to fill it.
What do you ask to reveal more about the job? Here’s what to ask in any job interview.
5 Questions to Ask to Learn More About the Job
If the job advertisement doesn’t tell you much about the role, then you can ask these questions to learn more about what happens after you accept the position:
- What does a typical day look like?
- What are the skills and experience you’re looking for in an ideal candidate?
- What does the person in the role need to be successful?
- How do you measure success for the role and for the company?
- What skills are currently missing from the team?
These questions will tell you a lot about how HR will hire for the role and how you can contribute.
Asking can also gain you leverage over other candidates. For example, if the interviewer mentions a sorely needed skill and you have the experience that you haven’t yet shared, then you know what information to give to help you stand out from the crowd.
Have a Question? Ask Away
Asking questions is a core part of the interview process for any candidate. The interviewer’s answers give you a chance to assess whether the job is a good fit for you and presents an opportunity for you to share the most relevant parts of your experience.
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