Top 5 Questions to Ask During a Job Interview

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In a perfect world, you discovered an open position with your dream company and applied for the role. The next thing you know, you’re getting a call from the organization’s talent acquisition department to come in for a first interview. With sweaty palms, you graciously accept the invitation. After doing the happy dance (alone, of course), you think to yourself, “What questions will I ask?”

Developing intuitive and comprehensive interview questions can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re interviewing with your dream company. In the end, your ultimate goal is to learn more about the role, and if you’ll be a good fit with the team. Here are our top five questions to ask when the interviewer says, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Question 1: What are the biggest challenges the person in this role would face, both internally and externally?

To start, make sure you have a clear understanding of the day-to-day duties of the role, both current responsibilities, and future ones. Asking this question will help gain perspective on the full-picture of the position and if it’s a good fit for you and your career aspirations.

Question 2: Are there opportunities for advancement or professional development?

Professional development opportunities are vital stepping-stones in building your skillsets and career success. Career development opportunities include joining a local young professional club to mingle with like-minded professionals and attending conferences or workshops to learn about the latest and greatest in your industry. Asking this question will help you determine if this role will help you along your professional pathway.

Question 3: What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?

This question will give you a sense of the organization’s priorities as well as management style. The last thing you want is to accept a job where little to no structure exists around regular performance reviews and evaluations. How are you supposed to learn and develop professionally? Understanding the company’s management preference is also crucial. Management styles include pacesetting, authoritative, affiliative, coaching, coercive, and democratic. If the company’s style matches up with your management preference, that’s an indicator of positive workplace happiness.

Question 4: Can you tell me more about the company and team culture?

Company culture refers to the overall personality of the company. Do the mission, vision, and core values discussed during the interview or via your research align with yours? Employees tend to be happier when their needs and core values align at their place of work. Often, if these elements line up with yours, you’ll find you create more internal connections and are likely more productive.

Question 5: What is your favorite work-related experience with the company?

Asking about a memorable work-related experience is a question that’s intended to be light-hearted and fun. A question the interviewer can happily answer. And they’ll likely be surprised you chose to ask the question. It will give you an insight into a variety of aspects of the company and a personal connection with the interviewer. (Helpful tip: jot down their response and include a sentiment about it in your post-interview thank-you note).

Now that you’re equipped with our top 5 questions to ask during a job interview (hopefully with your dream company), it’s important to remember that jobs aren’t merely a paycheck. Considering you spend 40 hours a week, or more, at a job, it’s crucial to determine if this position is a good fit for you personally and professionally. You can now confidently respond to, “So, do you have questions for me?”

Interview on!