How should you answer,

“Do you have any questions for me?”

This is one of the most common question asked during interview.

But this is one of the best opportunity for the candidate to differentiate themselves from the rest of the candidates.

“You should be interviewing the employer just as much as they are interviewing you.”

Asking questions that develops rapport and demonstrates that you are interested in the position, the organization and your career.

Here are some questions you can ask your interviewers.

8 Questions You Should Ask Your Interviewer

1. What does a typical day in this role look like?

Although job descriptions talks about all the roles and responsibilities, they don’t actually communicate what your daily schedule will look like.

  • Some things you may want to know is what will you really be doing from the moment that you enter the office till the moment that you check out?
  • How much time will you be spending inside meeting rooms or outside meeting clients?
  • And given that the working culture between companies differs, what time will you actually be leaving the office?

How It Helps You

Writer from said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Success and happiness in a job boils down to contentment with the nitty-gritty of the everyday lifes.

2. What’s the difference between a “good” and “outstanding” performance?

This question shows that you’re the type of person who likes to get things done quickly and effectively. Instead of spending a week filling out HR forms, you want to get yourself into the job quickly. It also shows that you want to perform not just well in your job, but to exceed expectation of your employer.

How It Helps You

Every company is different, their culture their expectation. And your potential employer have different expectation as well. By asking this question, it allows you to understand what is the expectation of your potential employer with a little insider information.

3. What are some of the challenges one might face in this role?

This question gives an impression that you are already in this role and thinking about how will you be overcoming each challenges that you may face in the future. It also shows that you are well aware that this will be a challenging position but you are prepared to face each of the challenges.

How It Helps You

The answer and the response you received will probably by your potential manager who understand the ins and out of the role. Some of the answers you may receive are the possible difficult colleagues, overtime, cross functional collaborations, overseas attachments or simply to work under pressure. You can use these information to help you to decided if this role is suited for you.

4. Why did you decide to work at this company?

Unless they are the boss of the company, most interviewers are employees themselves. This question gives the interviewer a chance to tell you why do they want to work here. Since most people loves to talk about themselves, this also gives you and opportunities to understand your potential employer more, before you decided to work for them.

How It Helps You

A simple but a powerful questions that basically gives you and insight on why does your interviewer wants to work in the company. What are the reasons that makes them excited about working here. If their reasons coincided with you as well, you have just got yourselves a great fit into the company.

5. What are the biggest challenges the team faced in the past?

While we know not all job are perfect. Some are smooth sailing while others comes with more challenges than other. Often when the company is in need of staff, the interviewer might try to paint a perfect picture of what working on the team might look like. By asking what are the challenges the team faces previously give you some of the insights that you may not previously know.

asking this question will help you uncover some of the realities the team has been facing recently. If you end up joining, you’ll inevitably hear about these challenges — and you may have to help solve them, too. This is a question our principal recruiter Katie Donohue says she likes to hear during interviews.

How It Helps You

Basically by asking this question, helps you in 2 ways:

  • Insight on the challenges that the team face previously, which is a good indication of the challenges you may face if you decided to join the team.
  • An impression that you know that there will be challenges that you may face when you are in the team. Thus you are prepared to face the challenges.

It really helps to know what are you getting yourself into ahead of time. In an interview, not only the interviewer is choosing the right candidate, the candidate is also choosing the right employers as well.

6. How has this position changed over time?

Someone before you have once held this position that you are currently applying. And each role in the company evolves over time. Don’t be afraid to ask the HR who have probably been working in the company for quite some time about how the role have changes through the years.

This includes:

  • The responsibility of the role
  • Who are the others holding this position
  • What is the future of this position

How It Helps You

Getting HR’s perspective on the changes and history of your potential role can give you a much more unbiased insight into your department. This questions also lets your HR knows that you are not only interested in the present of the company, but the future of the company as well.

7. Do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications?

This is one of the most important questions to ask in the interview. It shows that you are not afraid of critical feedback, on contrast, you welcome feedback. During your interview, interviewers always make note of red flags on the things they observed or things you say. These red flags can be something from your resume, or some answers you give during the interview. These red flags are usually discuss with a colleague following the interview. This question gives them the green light to ask about any of the thing that they are unsure of and are holding them back from giving you the offer letter. Research suggests that this is one of the most important interview questions you should be asking.

How It Helps You

You get a chance to address any concerns that your interviewer may face. You help them to clarify their doubts and give yourself an opportunity to to allows them to understand you better. This simple question can be the difference between an offer and a rejection. In some case, your employer might even be impress with your reply and provide an even a higher opening offer.

8. What should I expect to wear on my first day?

You know you need to wear something to work, but you don’t know what should you wear. Do you need to wear a shirt and tie or a Polo Tee and pants? Can you wear a sport shoe, or do you need to wear a leather shoe? Every company culture is different and you as an potential employee wants to adapt to the culture of the company you will be working at.

Dress code can be a touchy subject in interviews but a necessary topic to know. You won’t want to reveal that wearing a business wear aren’t just you thing early during the interview. You may actually decided it is a worth cause to wear a business wear everyday because of the role or the pay you get.

How It Helps You

You will get the idea on how are you expected to dress on your day-to-day work in the company without suggesting it is a big deal to you. A simple and innocent question such as to as what you are expected to wear on your first day also give them the impression that you want to work here. A desirable trait that any interviewer wants.

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