The best kinds of job interviews are those that feel like they are just a conversation, with two people asking and answering different questions. While interviewers are focused on getting more information about you, that does not mean you can’t ask them questions about the company and the job.
Many interviewers end the conversation with a question that most candidates dread: “Is there anything you would like to ask?” Though it may seem harmless, this question tells the interviewer whether the candidate is genuinely interested in the job position.
If you find yourself having a difficult time thinking about what to ask, we’ve put together a list of key questions that are well-thought-out, giving you a chance to fully evaluate the position and possibly impress the interviewer.
What are my day-to-day responsibilities?
This is one of the best questions to ask a hiring manager. While most of your responsibilities are written on the job posting, some may not have been added there. Knowing what you are getting hired to do and how long you are expected to do the job would help you and the hiring manager determine whether the job is fit for you.
If you cannot get a clear picture of how a typical workday is, it may be a sign that your job’s expectations are never defined.
What are the company’s values?
Do you know who you are working for? Every company has its own values and workplace traditions that you can’t find anywhere else. This question also allows candidates to have a broader view of the philosophy of the company and on whether it puts an importance on the happiness of its employees.
If the culture follows a hierarchy and you prefer a relaxed environment, the job may not be for you. Similarly, if you consider yourself more low-key and the work environment is competitive, you may not enjoy the job.
What do you like about working in this company?
People who enjoy their job would typically have a lot to say about the company and what they like about working there. If your interviewer does not have much to say, or if they answer “the paycheck,” consider it a red flag.
What can I contribute within the first 90 days of employment?
With this question, you’re showing the hiring manager your desire to help the team from day one. Additionally, the interviewer may also share some of the problems the company is facing and give you a better insight into their personality and ambitions.
This question can also give your hiring manager the opportunity to tell you what they expect you to accomplish within the first year of your employment. It would give you a sense of the learning curve you are expected to have and the pace you are likely to follow.
Do you have a timeline for the next steps?
Now that you’ve completed your interview, you should find out how long you are expected to wait before hearing about the position or if there are any other steps you need to take.
This question also allows you to check-in with your potential employer if they have not sent you a word once the timeline they give you comes. If they tell you to wait for two weeks and you still haven’t heard from their hiring manager, you can send them an email to check in on the status of your application. You could also ask them for an updated timeline if they have any to share.