You've just spent an hour answering questions about your experience, education, strengths, and weaknesses. What's next?
At the end of every interview, we’re all asked the same thing: "Do you have any questions for me?" Most of us draw a blank at this point. Do we? Should we have some? It's overwhelming and nerve-wracking to suddenly be put on the spot like that. Luckily, you don't have to spend hours doing research on a company to have enough good questions to blow your future employer’s mind. To help you out, here's a list of 27 things you can ask to look like the (future) boss that you are!
Questions About the Company
1 - Are there many opportunities for advancement within the company?
2 - How long does the average employee stay in one position?
3 – In your opinion, what would you say is the biggest selling point of the company?
4 – How do the health and retirement benefits at this company compare to other companies in this area?
5 - How would you describe the environment/corporate culture within the workplace?
6 - What is the turnover rate within the company?
7 – What factors do you think make this company successful? Is there one thing in particular?
Questions About the Interviewer
8 - What is your favorite part about working here?
9 - What is the most difficult thing about working here?
10 - What do you look for in prospective employees?
11 - Where do you see the company in five years?
12 - Do you see yourself staying with this company long term?
13 - What would you say is the most common issue with employees here?
14 - Are teams close-knit within the workplace?
15 - Do you get the sense that most employees here are dedicated to staying in their career long-term?
16 – Are interpersonal conflicts common? Does HR do an effective job at resolving any issues that come up?
Questions About the Job
17 - What characteristics do you believe are most important when pursuing a career here?
18 - What is the most challenging aspect of this job?
19 - Would you consider the work done here to be meaningful and important?
20 - Is overtime offered for this position (relevant to hourly positions only)?
21 - What do top performers do on a daily basis that contributes to their success?
22 – Does the company have a standard structure in place for raises, bonuses, or cost of living increases?
Questions About Yourself
23 - How would my role affect the company's overall success?
24 - What are you looking for in terms of abilities and qualities from myself and your other employees?
25 - If offered the job, will I have an opportunity to meet my team members prior to accepting the position?
26 – In your opinion, what makes an employee stand out from their coworkers?
27 - I understand the basic expectations, but what would you consider to be the unspoken expectations of a valuable new hire?
Of course, you wouldn't want to ask all of these questions, but by selecting a few that stand out to you, you can gather valuable information while showing yourself to be a thoughtful, foresighted, future employee.
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