July 29, 2021

Interviewing Skills: Asking Questions

Candidates often stumble at the end of an interview when employers ask “Do you have any questions?  Part of preparing for an interview is remembering that thought provoking questions will benefit both the candidate and the employer. An employer’s response to the questions can allow candidates to understand if the company is the right fit. On the other hand, a candidate’s questions will demonstrate their interest in the company.

Keep in mind that how an employer responds to these questions can be a key component of your decision-making process.  Make it common practice to take notes and reflect on the answers given, before making a decision.

Below are 5 questions that may come in handy at the end of an interview:


  1. How would you describe a typical day for a candidate in this position? Understanding a “day in the life” will help you determine if this opportunity is aligns to your career goals. Make sure that the description excites you and would motivate you to come to work.


  1. What are the attributes that someone needs to have success in this position? Think about the required qualifications and how they match up with your skills. Do you have what it takes to be successful in this role?


  1. What are some of the challenges that someone in this position may face? Determine if you are up for the challenge and if you can overcome these obstacles.


  1. How would you describe the company culture? This inquiry will deepen your understanding of the work environment and how people interact with one another. Does this atmosphere sound ideal for you?


  1. Can you describe the path for growth for someone in this position? Career pathing can help engage and retain employees. Employees who have a clear roadmap will have the tools to succeed as well as longevity.


Remember, interviewing an employer is just as important as a candidate being interviewed! As candidates, we want to show that we are committed to learning about the company. We also want to demonstrate the importance of finding the right fit. Candidates who ask questions are more likely to move to the next round.

What questions will you ask on your next interview? Share your top 5 with us!

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