Interviewing can be an overwhelming process for all parties involved. Whether you are the interviewer or the candidate, it’s important to ask the right questions to gauge if the relationship will be a good match. The more information you can gain about one another, the better. As a candidate, your interviewer will likely ask you what questions you may have at the end of the interview. Although the majority of your questions were probably answered during the initial overview, it’s important to take this opportunity to show that you are thoughtful about the role. You also want to get as much valuable information about the job as you can to decide if it will be a great fit for you. Here are the top five questions to ask when being considered for a job.
What are the biggest challenges the person in this role will encounter?
This question shows that, while you are excited about the position, you understand that every job has its hard times. You are portraying thoughtfulness and interest in how to succeed in the role.
How would you describe the company culture? What kind of people are likely to thrive, and what type doesn’t do as well?
If the company is more structured or formal and you do better in a more relaxed environment, or if it’s more of a loud, energetic place and you are more introverted, then the job may not be an ideal fit. Learning the answer to this question before you take the job will save you from being disappointed if it doesn’t turn out to be what you expected.
What would a successful first year in the position look like?
With this question, you are proving that you think in the long term and on the same level as the hiring manager. You are wanting to know what it will take to excel. You are looking to do more than the bare minimum and are wanting to truly know what you will be able to achieve.
How will the success of the person in the position be measured?
Even though this question is similar to the previous one, it will give you insight into what the interviewer is thinking. Sometimes a job description can call attention to certain skills and abilities, while a manager may care most about different qualities.
Considering the people who have had the position previously, what is the difference between a good performance and a great one?
This indicates that you not only care about doing well, but about going above and beyond. Interviewers love this question and it makes it hard to ignore a candidate that cares this much.