Are you interviewing for a new job? Come prepared with these 5 questions.

Imagine this: you’re in a job interview and it’s going great! You aced explaining your past work experience, sounded like a pro when answering the technical questions, and felt confident in your reply to, “why are you the best fit for this job?” But then, the tables turn and you're asked, "what questions do you have for us?" This can be the most stressful part of a job interview; it’s easy to go blank or not know what to ask. To prepare for this situation, here are five questions to ask at your next job interview.  

5 Questions to Ask at Your Next Interview

April 25, 2017

Are you interviewing for a new job? Come prepared with these 5 questions.

Imagine this: you’re in a job interview and it’s going great! You aced explaining your past work experience, sounded like a pro when answering the technical questions, and felt confident in your reply to, “why are you the best fit for this job?” But then, the tables turn and you're asked, "what questions do you have for us?" This can be the most stressful part of a job interview; it’s easy to go blank or not know what to ask. To prepare for this situation, here are five questions to ask at your next job interview.
 

1. What is the company culture or values?

Keep in mind that this interview goes both ways; they want to know if you’re the right fit for the job but you also need to decide if the company is the right fit for you. Asking about their culture and values will give you an understanding of the company’s atmosphere and what they expect from employees. Look up the business’s vision and mission beforehand and ask any questions you have about it. This will show you’re prepared and help you better understand the company.

 

2. What types of communication does this job include?

If you despise leading meetings or get nervous on the phone, you won’t want to be in a position that requires you to perform those tasks often. Understanding what is expected of you from a communication standpoint, both internally and externally, will help you decide if it’s the right job for you. 

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3. What are the benefits, scheduling, and work options?

If HR has not covered these topics with you, make sure to ask in your interview. You don’t want to accept a job without knowing the full context of what they are offering and expecting. It’s important to know how flexible they are with scheduling, especially if you have children, work a side job, or travel frequently. Inquire about their lunch schedule, how vacation time is decided, and if working from home is an option. Knowing what your benefits and options are can help you decide if it’s the best fit for you and your lifestyle. 

Keep in mind that some of these questions are better for second or third interviews. Use your judgement on which ones are appropriate to ask when. If the interviewer brings any of the above topics to the table during the first interview, feel free to inquire further. 

 

4. What would a normal work day consist of?

You want a job that fits your skills, experience, and expertise, so always make sure to ask what tasks and projects fall under the position. Job postings may be vague or use verbiage that makes it hard to understand exactly what you’ll be doing in the position. Having a clear vision of what the position includes—or excludes—will help you decide if this is a job you would love or hate. Have something you love doing at your current or past job? Bring up your expertise and experiences, and ask if it would be included as part the job duties. 

 

5. What do you enjoy most about working here?

If it’s a great place to work, the employees will gush about why they love working there. If it takes them a while to answer the question, this could be a red flag. Employees are the best representation of the workplace, so ask them about the work environment, community, and workflow. You may be amazed at how candid some of the answers are.

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When it’s your turn to ask the questions, you’ll be prepared! Ask the questions above and you’ll have a clearer understanding of the job and if it is right for you.

What are your favorite questions to ask in an interview? Let us know below!

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