We have all been there, the dreaded moment in a interview where the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” and you sit there stumped, having no idea what to say, and in the end you are more than likely not offered the job. Well I am sure that you now know that this question is one of the many tests they give you during a interview and the more questions you have the better.Below are my top five questions I ask during every interview even if it is a position in a company I already work for…
#1. What made you come to work here and why do you stay?
So this is two questions is one, but it really gets the interviewer talking about themselves and gives you a idea of how the company attracts and attains employees. I also finds that it can give you a good amount of insight as to how happy your interviewer is in their position
#2. How would you define the company culture here?
Such a interview question right?! Well, as with anything in life everything is not for everyone and sometimes it is better to know if your potential employers style does not fit yours. For example, if there is a very strict office setting with little employee socialization and you are a social butterfly wanting to know all your co-workers on a personal level – Probably not the right fit for you!
#3. What traits do you think are most important for a person to posses in this role?
Not only will this question help you to further sell yourself for the position based on the interviewers response, but it will also give you insight into what a ideal employee might look like for the role.
#4. Can you explain to me what the standard career path would look like for someone starting out in this position?
Since I am a A type personality I want to have as much information upfront as possible, this includes wither or not there is a set career path for my next role once hired. Many a times if the interviewer cannot explain what the next steps would be that raises a red flag for me – especially in a larger company. After all, no one wants to feel stuck in a role with no direction for finding a new one!
#5. What does the company do to continue learning and development in my role once hired and throughout my career?
Although training can sometimes be repetitive and, can we be honest, boring, I really like to know upfront what kind of support I will be receiving from my leadership once hired. Is education a growth a consistent concern within the company or do they only offer training until you know how to do your job then you are thrown to the wolves?
I would love to hear some of your go-to interview questions, or if you are the one that interviews people what is a question that impresses you?