20 questions to ask interviewer during interview

At some point in an interview, the interviewer may ask “Do you have any question for me?” You should better have some because not asking anything is a sign that you particularly are not interested or you are low in confidence.
Asking question to the interviewer shows that you are interested in him/her as a person and that is a great way to build rapport.
That also means that not just by nailing the interview question you have been asked, but actually asking the kind of question make interview take notice of you.

Remember

  • Don’t ask about salary or benefit. You should wait till you are selected
  • Avoid questions that are broad and difficult to answer
  • Make sure you ask a good question

Key Points

 

Questions and their explanations

1. What new skills can I hope to learn in this company?

First, it shows that you acknowledge you don’t know everything and also you are keen on gaining new skills/knowledge. They know that skills are important not just knowledge.

2. Who do you think would be the ideal candidate for this position and how do I compare?

This is the logical question as it’s a quick way to analyze whether you have those skills what the company is actually looking for. And if you don’t match up with the company’s way, then you know you have to look for the right job instead of wasting time and pursuing the wrong position for yourself.

3. Beyond the core skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and its position best?

Interviewer’s answer to this question helps you understand the company culture and what skills are valued in this organization.

4. Can you tell me more about the day to day responsibilities of the job?

By asking this question you will get a chance to know what role you have to play and you can decide whether this is the job you really want. Through this, you will learn more about the day to day activities and would thus get to know what specific skills and strength are needed for it.

5. What are the expectations for this role during the first 30 days or 90 days?

Find out what your employer’s expectations are for this position so that you can work accordingly and give impressive results to your boss. You should work accordingly so that they have done the right job by selecting you.

6. What are the biggest opportunities facing the company right now?

If you ask this, you may know more about the company and where they are focusing over the next upcoming months so as you can fulfill their demands and make sure that company is growing and you are succeeding with the company.

7. How do I compare with other candidates you’ve interviewed for this position?

This is a slightly risky choice as this may put the interviewer into an awkward position. However, if you have built up a strong rapport then this question may help you see your weaknesses and strength as compared to other candidates.

8. What is the next step in this interview process?

This question shows that you are eager (not desperate) to move forward in the upcoming process. This may also put up important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can work accordingly and therefore they are ready to hand over the contract to you.

9. How did I answer all of your questions?

You can ask them by saying that “yes, I have a few questions for you but before asking about them, I am wondering if I have sufficiently answered all your questions. Would you like me to explain anything further?
Not everyone will appreciate this offer but you will get to know how you are actually doing.
If they say that “No, actually you have answered all questions very well” that means that you are in a good shape.
But if they say, that, “Actually I want to know about this? Or “Would you be able to clear out what did you meant by this?”
Then you get a chance to re-do.

10. How has this position evolved?

Basically this question let you know if this position would be a dead end or a stepping stone to your life. You would know if you are actually willing to work for the company or not.

 

11. Who do you consider your major competitor? How are you better?

This question actually shows that you are interested in the company’s work, future prospects, challenges & opportunities. This shows that you are already thinking about how you can help them reach new heights.

12. Can you bring me an example of how I would collaborate with my manager?

This would help you know how the manager interacts with their employees.

13. If you were to hire me, what might I expect in a typical day?

Yes, obviously this shows eagerness for this position. Asking about this will give you a better idea of the job that would be doing on daily basis and whether you want to pursue this or not.

14. How would you score the company on living up to its core value? What is the one thing you are working to improve on?

This is basically the respectful way to ask them about the short comings within the company and of course which you should be aware of before joining up the company. This leads to being pro active and willing to understand the internal working of the company before joining it.15. What have past employees done to succeed in this position?

15. What have past employees done to succeed in this position?

This question indicates to get to reveal about how the company measures the success of the employees.

16. What is your staff turnover rate and what are you doing to reduce it?

This is a smart and important question to ask because it shows that you very well understand the importance of landing a secure position and a secure job in the company.

17. Where do you see the company in 3 years and how would the person contribute to this vision?

Asking these question shows that you want to stay with the company for the longer duration and that you want to raise company’s culture and willing to work per long lasting results.

18. How do you evaluate success here?

Before joining the company you should know how a company measure its employee’s success is important. You can get to know what advancements you would take in your career to reach to great heights which are beneficial for the company as well as you.

19. Is this the new position? If not, why did the person before me leave this position?

It means that you are being smart and want to know why the last person was unhappy with the position. Or it could also be that the person is promoted. Thus, this is also very important information to you.

20. Will I be meeting anyone else in the company?

This will help you to analyze that if they want you to meet with potential co-workers which will help you to analyze how they value the team synergy.

In addition, if you didn’t prepare smart question, they might assume that you are not interested for the interview or haven’t prepared anything.

 

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