What Questions Should I ask an Interviewer?

While some interviews may feel more like interrogations, they shouldn’t.

The key is to ask the right kind of questions. The type of questions you chose to ask your interviewer should stem from what you need to know in order to fully understand the position. This means the questions you choose to ask should be well thought out.

Here are a few questions to give you an insight into the sort of questions you should be asking in your next interview.

What are the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?

Success and happiness at work boils down to contentment within your job. Asking this question will enable you to get a strong idea as to what a typical day within this role will look like. If it sounds too hectic, or too mundane, or exactly the type of tasks you can imagine yourself doing, asking this will portray this.

What does success look like in this position, and how do you measure it?

It’s key to have a clear understanding of how a company measures success. What are the key performance indicators (KPIs) for the role? How, and how often, are they measured? You’ll understand that work levels are monitored, recognized and rewarded. For motivational and productive purposes, this is a very good question to ask.

What’s your favorite part about working at the company?

It’s important to get a sense of your interviewer’s opinions about working there and their enthusiasm towards the organization – almost like a recommendation.

What characteristics do you look for in employees in order to represent your company values?

By asking a question about the company’s culture, you’ll get insight into what is most important for the company as a whole, and what it values in the individuals who work there.

Are there opportunities for professional development?

When asking this question, you’re looking to find out whether there are opportunities for growth and self-development. Stagnation within a company isn’t something you want, so whether or not there is room for promotion and development, is a deal breaker for most!

Who will I be working closely with and report directly to?

This question will help you get a better sense of the dynamics of who your collaborators will be. It’s important to evaluate how cross-functional the role is. This also shows to the interviewer that already you care about the role and the employees that you will be working alongside and that relationship building with employees is something you care about.

What do you see as the most challenging aspect of this job? Knowing the good is just as important as knowing the not-so-good. You want to understand the scale of the problems you’ll be dealing with, so you’ll know how to face them. You’ll come across as being prepar