We talk a lot about how to prepare for an interview, but we spend much less time discussing what you should do during an actual interview and interview questions you should ask at the conclusion of the interview.
A key, yet often overlooked, component of the interview is being prepared with these interview questions before you enter the interview.
Here’s the scenario: You’ve aced all the questions during the interview and now your conversation is coming to a conclusion. Then, the interviewer asks you if you have any additional questions. Avoid the “deer in the headlights” look by being prepared for this part of the interview, too.
Have a few questions prepared in advance. They can be general questions about the work environment and the type of work the company does or they can be specific to the position for which you are interviewing. Having something prepared is much better than trying to come up with something under pressure and stumbling in front of the interviewer.
Top Interview Questions To Ask
Interview questions you should ask may include the following:
What is the background of the company?
More specifically, you might ask about how long the company has been in business, how the company has changed over time, what type of work it does, where its offices are located, who owns the company, or if it’s publicly traded and what type of people it hires.
You should be doing some homework on the company before the interview, so make sure your questions aren’t too basic. You’ll want to try to obtain some additional information that wasn’t provided on the organization’s website and marketing materials.
Can you tell me a little more about the position and its responsibilities?
Hopefully, the recruiter or interviewer have already given you some basic information, but it’s a great time to ask more specific details on the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position, how your skills match the position, where the position is located and whether it requires travel, what will be required of you on a daily basis, and if there is room for growth.
How would you describe the corporate culture?
We spend a lot of time at work, so most people want to make sure they are working in an environment that is comfortable and meshes with their personalities. Interview questions you should ask on corporate culture include items like dress code, work hours, amount of travel required, etc.
If the interviewer doesn’t share information with you about the next steps in the interview process, it is totally appropriate to ask about what will happen after the interview. Some interviewers may not know the answer to this question and will refer you back to your recruiter or HR person.
At the end of the questions, you will want to ask the interviewer for a business card so you can follow-up with an email or handwritten thank-you note. This added touch will set you apart from the competition!
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