“So do you have any questions that you want to ask me?”, Have you ever shone through interview, answered every question with confidence and then got bowled over at this question? Well, it happens to many people. Because people tend to worry about the interview and prepare well in advance. But they easily forget to make a list of questions to ask interviewer.
Generally, at the end of the interview, the interviewer asks if there are any questions that the candidate wants to ask. This is a very general sentence. And people may be tempted to ask variety of questions.
No, you don’t get to ask questions like ‘Who is your favourite superhero?’ or ‘Which is the best pub in the city?’. You don’t have to blow your chances at the interview by displaying your affection for the disco. There are certain restrictions and etiquette when it comes to questioning interviewer. You are not on a date. He is still the person responsible for your selection.
The questions that you get to ask interviewer is a wonderful opportunity to dig useful information that only an insider can provide. You can also ask questions to get more knowledge about specific requirements or company culture in general. Just remember, this part of interview is like an entrance to a treasure mine from where you can take some. So, choose what information you want to take from here.
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Moreover, these questions also show the interviewer that you truly want this job and are prepared to do what it takes. If you know the expectations, you’ll set goals to meet those expectations. If you know that company changes to embrace progress, you’ll be ready to face the change alongside. So, go ahead and make that final lasting impression with some smart questions that even the interviewer enjoys giving answer to.
Questions to ask interviewer – What not to ask
Before diving into what questions to ask and how you can formulate them, let’s just take a look at the definite no-nos. You do need to make sure that you avoid these kind of questions.
No matter how friendly your interview went or how much you felt to be bonding with the recruiter, this is not a place for asking personal questions. You can definitely do that over a cup of coffee someplace else if both the parties feel so.
Make a fool of yourself
‘So, what does the company do?’ or ‘When was the company established?’. Ask these questions and say the final goodbye to the job. Every candidate is expected to do some basic research about the company and job requirements. So, if you don’t even know these basic details about the company, the interviewer can easily make a decision as to what to do about you.
What will be my salary?
Please do not ask any questions regarding salary or day-offs and such questions. This is the information that will be provided to you as soon as you will be considered for selection. Right now is just not the time for it. These are really inappropriate questions and don’t leave much for the interviewer to imagine as to what your priorities are.
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Perks and bonus
Just like the above topic, no matter how alluring it may be, this is not the time for gathering information about vacation trips, Christmas bonuses or Easter cookies.
As wide as the sky
The questions that you ask should be such that they enable a discussion between you and the recruiter. Don’t ask a question which can be answered in a simple Yes or a No. Similarly, don’t ask questions that are so broad that the interviewer doesn’t know where to start. If you were stumped at some of the questions that the interviewer asked, now is not the time to revenge that.
Questions to ask interviewer
So, I guess, you all are pretty well aware of the type of questions that need to be avoided. So, let’s see what can be asked or more precisely what should be asked.
Ask questions that will help to :
- get more information regarding the job
- get information about work conditions and culture of the company
- get an idea of the progressive attitude of the company
- give you and insight into the people and work methodologies
Below, I am giving a category based list on what to ask. I have also included sample. Feel free to get inspired from these questions but do add that little bit of yourself to them.
Most of the things that you need to do will be specified in the Job description or the specifications. But, to get an exact idea of the nature of the work, you can ask further questions.
Can you please walk me through a typical day in this company?
What are the exact requirements of this job?
The answer to these questions will give you every detail of job. You definitely don’t want to get stuck doing what you don’t like but didn’t know as it was not specified in the job description.
Whether you could start the job straight away or will some training be required? These questions can also provide valuable information. Some companies may have certain routine for starters, that you may need be aware of like a group discussion or a presentation.
Are there any special requirements or preparation that I need to do for this job/ for the D day?
Will I undergo a training for the job or start it right away?
The first question may fetch surprising answers for you. Say, you were to give a presentation style introduction that you are totally unprepared for. This question helps avoid such situations. As for the second question, some companies give a basic training to introduce their work methods or even a skill that you may need in the job; Prior knowledge of which may become useful in some cases.
You may be interested in knowing the attitude of the company towards the changing scenario. A company more adaptive to change is always among the top and also results in your development.
How do people at the company feel about the (current trend in the industry)?
What are the growth strategies of the company?
The first question not only gives you information about how progressive the company is. It also puts you in a very positive light. Not only did you do proper research about the company but are also aware of the trends of the field. You are one well informed person. These two questions also ensure that you won’t be stuck in a dead end job. The company will grow and along with it, thee will grow too.
Expectations and Growth
You can also ask about how you can grow inside the company. Make sure to formulate your question such that you do sound ambitious but not arrogant or greedy. Also, try to pair this question with the one where you ask about their expectations from you.
What are the expectations that you have from me if I get selected?
What are the career milestones that I will be able to achieve with my work?
What targets do I need to achieve in a month/ a quarter/ a year?
These questions leave a positive impact that the person is really serious about the job and wants to achieve what is expected from him. The second question shows that the candidate is ambitious (a good quality) and also mentions that he will do so with his work (that just wins the point). In the third question, again you are asking about the expectations in a timeline that will show some desirable results. Whether you choose a month, a quarter or a year is totally dependent on the field that you work in. An article writer’s work can be evaluated in a month while a software programmer may need a quarter or a year to get to the milestones.
What would you do if are a casual type person stuck in a strict coat and tie type company? Or what if you like and need the friends in form of colleagues and the company culture prohibits bonding of colleagues. I know, this is not a Hitler era, but it’s just an example of what could go wrong if you are not a fit in the company culture?
What do you like the most about working here?
What kind of work environment is there inside the company?
Are there any special restrictions or policies that I need be aware of?
The answer to these questions will give you a vague idea of how things are at your would be workplace. It definitely helps and brings out the best in you if you get a working environment where you are comfortable.
If you are going to be working in a team, you must gather information about it. You are going to spend a good part of the day with those people and you should be able to bear with them in the least.
What is the size of the team that I’ll work with? How are the people?
Please give me some details about the people on my team.
These questions will get you valuable information, the lack of which can make your workplace a living hell. In the second question, the term ‘my team’ leaves a positive impact. The candidate is already considering the team as his.
You can also ask questions about other procedure of the interview if it has already not been told. Details regarding the follow up mail or meeting can also be discussed here.
When can I expect a mail regarding the selection?
What are the next procedures in the interview?
These questions are utterly optional. And ask these questions if you need to know.
How many questions to ask?
Whoa.. now this was a long list of questions. You will be conducting an entire interview yourself. But that is not acceptable. You need to decide what are the priority questions, and ask two or three but never more than five questions.
Also, be prepared with some extra questions. In case, details about some of the questions that you prepared are already discussed during the interview, you need the backup army.
Usually, go for questions regarding team information, company’s growth and your individual growth. Job requirement question can also be in your priority list if the specifications were vague or general.
Don’t sell yourselves
Many websites advice to try to sell yourself at this point too. Don’t do that. You’ve already done enough selling of yourself that there may not be much left. Jokes aside, the questions should reflect your desire to acquire knowledge that may be helpful to start the new job smoothly. You don’t have to emphasise your qualities here too.
There are many questions during interview where you get the chance to tell about your qualities and achievements. And you’d have probably done so too. So, don’t spoil this last moments of your interview by again repeating something that you’ve already told and ruin the already perfect interview.
Ask questions that we discussed above and that apply to your area of work. And try to gather information that’ll make the transition to this job easy for you. Also, give a personal touch to the questions. Don’t just copy paste.
The ending note
So, here I end this article with the final note that make the most use of this part of interview where you get to ask the questions to the interviewer. Note that the questions you ask will reflect your thinking and approach to the job. The interviewer will get the idea of how serious you are about the job. The interviewer will also get an idea about how much preparation you’ve done for this interview And how much more you are willing to do. He also gets to know whether you are informed about the current trends in the industry and are you ready to approach them. And that is a sure key to your growth and success in the company.