The time you spend at an interview is not just for the interviewer to find out if you are going to be the right fit for them, what is equally important is using that time to find out if the role is going to be the right fit for you.
Not only this, not having any questions makes you look unprepared and uninterested. Here are some good questions to ask in an interview.
What is your company culture like?
This question will give you a great insight into what it’s like to work for your potential employer and the dynamics within the team you would be joining. It will also give you a chance to find out about the company’s ethos and if this aligns with your own.
What are the day to day responsibilities of this job?
This is a great question to find out the project you will be working on and the tech stack you will be working with on a day-to-day basis. This will give you a great feel for if this is a job you can see yourself doing.
What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
This is a great question to open the narrative and find out if this role will give you an opportunity to learn and progress over the year.
What are the biggest challenges you’re facing in the market?
This will give you an insider insight into the industry the company operate in and the direction it is going in.
Who do you consider to be your major competitors?
Although you should have researched this before the interview, this is a great question for you to uncover any information on competitors from the company’s point of view. It will also show your potential employer you have the potential to think outside the box and what’s best for the company with one eye on the competition.
What are the challenges of this position?
This question will give you a great insight into the project and some of the day-to-day problems they are encountering, and you will be working on
Is this a new position? Always good to understand, if this is a new position it is always worth digging a bit deeper into the growth plans and what’s brought on this growth. It will give you a great insight into the state of the organisation.
If it’s not a new position, it’s worth asking why the previous person left. This will also give you a greater insight into the team dynamics.
What do you like best about working for this company?
This is a great question for building rapport with the interviewer, it will also give you an actual account of what it’s like working for the company. The answers should give you a chance to visualise working here and if the work environment aligns with your expectations.
Where is the company headed in the next 5 years and how can I grow in this job?
This is a great question to ask to gain an insight into how ambitious the company is and if this ambition aligns with your own. The question should also shed some light on how your career can progress.
Can you tell me a bit about the team I would be working with?
This question will give you an insight on the team dynamics and how it is structured. It’s always good to know where you will fit in.
What are the next steps in the interview process?–
This is a good way of finding out how many interview stages are left and puts a timeline on when you can expect to receive feedback.