Although you want to make sure your answers during an interview are well thought out, it’s equally important that you ask thoughtful and hard-hitting questions. Asking questions helps confirm your viability as a great candidate for the position, and it helps you decide which company to work with if you have multiple offers. Make sure that this opportunity and company will fit you well. Here are a few questions that are necessary to ask the interviewer:
What qualities do you prefer in a candidate? Although required qualities or skills may be outlined on the job listing, it’s important to hear what they want in their own words. Hopefully, you’ll embody what the company prefers, but if not, here is the opportunity to speak up.
Could you describe the company culture? Company culture is becoming increasingly important to potential employees. Spending more time at work than at home, it’s essential to work with welcoming people. Figure out if you’re a good fit for the company by asking about the culture.
Are there opportunities for growth? Research the company beforehand and express passion for the company’s mission. If you’re planning on a long-term job at the company, communicate your intentions for growth within the company.
What are the next steps? Always end an interview on a professionally eager note, meaning ask when you’ll be hearing of the company’s decision. This will help you be patient while they make their decision and let you know when it’s time to follow up.