Before you know it, you are going to reach the point in the interview where you are asked “do you have any questions for me?” This is your perfect chance to ask anything you have on your mind and also show the interviewer your interest in the company. Unfortunately, many people often freeze when they hear this. So it’s best to tackle this by preparing a few possibilities in your mind before going in. Think of multiple questions to ask because chances are that many will be answered along during the interview. This way, you will still have a few others to fall back upon. Here are some key things to ask during your interview:
What’s a typical career path for anyone in this role?
This is a great one if you want to better understand your chances of progression within the company and if the company promotes a lot from within. If there are too many layers before your dream position, then be ready for spending years at this company before hitting the jackpot. If there are very few layers, then achieving your goal may not be so unrealistic. Either way, it gives you a good idea of what happens inside!
What’s your favorite part about working for the company?
You have now spent quite some time with the interviewer – maybe an hour or so? Don’t feel shy from adding a little personal touch and asking about the interviewer’s experience in the company. It’s a great way to hear a more personal answer over a more generic one.
What are your expectations for this role?
It’s good to hear about the expectations so you have an idea of what to expect in the first few months of joining. If the expectations are a bit unrealistic, then reconsider joining this firm. But if they are in line with what you expected and what you aim to achieve, it should give you some reassurance.
What’s the company culture like?
We spend more time at the office that we do at home with friends and family! So it’s best to be surrounded by a positive culture and dynamic. Find out what the office is really like and how the people are. Find out the dress code if you can – if a suit is required everyday, are you up for it? Make sure the company culture fits you well!
Do you offer any training opportunities?
A simple yet effective question – this just shows the interviewer that you are keen on developing your skills and are interested in learning.
What’s the future of the organization in the next 5 years?
This is an open-ended question that can shed some light on any major planned changes, and strategic objectives. It’s good if the company has big plans coming up – this likely means lots of work, and working with people cross-functionally!
What are the next steps?
This one is a must be concluding any interview. FInd out approximately how long it will take to hear back from them and what the next steps are. Are there more interviews? If so, try to find out whom you will be meeting. If this is the final round, get an idea of when you will hear back. This way, you don’t need to stare are your inbox all day hoping to get the offer!
These are all safe questions to ask in an interview. Refrain from asking anything about promotions, paid time off, sick days, bonuses, annual increments, work from home, etc. These sensitive topics do not need to be asked at this point and can come later on (i.e.- once you receive an offer and before signing the offer letter). Asking the right questions can show the interview your keen interest and build a strong first impression! If you are thinking about interviews and maybe switching jobs soon, browse all of our latest openings here!