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12 Questions To Ask Your Interviewer At Your Next Job Interview - Get That CV

Updated: Jan 27

A good interview question does two things:


1. It lets the interviewer know you put some thought into the questions.

2. It increases your knowledge allowing you access further if this position and company are the right fit for you.


Questions you can ask your interviewer:


1. What would I be doing on a typical day?


This question will allow the hiring manager to go into much more detail about the role. Job descriptions are not always completely representative of what you'd be doing on a daily basis, so use this as an opportunity to find out more and don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to elaborate if you are unsure about anything.

 

2. Would there be an opportunity to progress further down the line?


This will show the employer your ambition to succeed, it showcases that you are conscious about your future career and that you intend to stay in the company. It’s a good idea to be aware of the progression opportunities of the company for your betterment.


 

3. What metrics would you use to measure success in this role?


It is crucial to have a deep understanding of how a company measures success. It shows that you are goal-oriented and held accountable for the same. You don’t shrink accountability. You work smart to hit the goals you are responsible for.


 

4. What is the office culture/social side of the company like?


From the employer's response, you should be able to get a good grasp of the company's values and working culture. By asking these questions, you are showing that you want to fit in and form good relationships with your colleagues.

 

5. Where do you see the company in 3 years' time?


This will help you understand their vision and expectations and will show that you are potentially wanting to pursue a long-term career and aspire to contribute towards the growth of the company.


 

6. You've been at this company for a while. What keeps you motivated?


If the interviewer has been in the company for several years, he could give you some really interesting insights into the company, how it treats its employees, and a taste of what motivates the people to work there. It also shows you have done your research on the interviewer, which is an impressive sign always.


 

7. How do you deliver negative feedback?


This question pushes the hiring manager to think about how he or she would handle an uneasy situation, while at the same time giving you insights into how the team works.


 

8. What do you like most about working here?


Asking an HR employee what they like about the company tells them you care about the company’s culture and you care about the opinion of someone whom you might not work with directly.


 

9. What are you most excited about in this company’s future?


Asking the HR rep what they’re most excited about shows them that you, too, thrive on enthusiasm. It is also a good headspace for HR to be in as they hand you off to the hiring manager.


 

10. Who do you consider your top competitor and why?


You should already have an idea of the company’s major competitors, but it can be useful to ask your interviewer for their thoughts. Naturally, they will be able to give you the insight you can’t find anywhere else.

 

11. When can I expect to hear back, and what are the next steps?


This is a good question because you want to find out if you’re at the beginning of the interviewing cycle or towards the end of it and when you will hear back.

 


12. Can you describe a typical day or a week on the job?


Asking this question should provide you with a sense of the commitment needed to be successful in the position.


 








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