AUTHOR:
Reynolds Careers

DATE:
July 25, 2017

CATEGORIES:
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
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6 Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

AUTHOR:
Reynolds Careers

DATE:
July 25, 2017

CATEGORIES:
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

There are few things more stressful than a job interview. All of the late nights, research, and applications have led to one make-or-break moment. One piece of advice that’s usually given before an interview is “ask questions.” I always had questions after hearing that, but not ones for the future interview – more like: “What kind of questions should I ask?” “What should I know?” “What topics do you think I will need to cover?”

To help you prepare for the big day, here are six questions to ask your potential employer:

What is the hardest thing for a new hire to adjust to?

This question gives you an idea of what your experience will be like on day one. It provides insight into working conditions, as well as to obstacles you might face and situations you may run into. Knowing the answer to this question can help you prepare for potentially working for the company.

How would you describe your team?

You will learn what type of environment you might be entering into. Knowing what the team is like will give you an opportunity to let your employer know if you can work within the group’s dynamic.

How has the company changed over the last few years?

Whether you’re looking for a company with a start-up mindset or one with a more laid back pace, it’s good to know how the company has changed over time. The answer can point to whether the company is constantly pushing forward and innovating, whether it can offer you job security or advancement, and what other opportunities might lie ahead.

What is your favorite part of working here?

This question helps you to get a feel for whether your interviewer enjoys their job. If they have to think for a while to come up with an answer, then the position or company may not be a good choice for you.

How does someone advance within the company?

Ask this question to determine whether the company promotes from within and also whether the particular job you’re applying for has a defined growth path. The best companies will encourage professional development so you can gain experience in your role, grow more knowledgeable about the company, and ultimately be promoted.

Are there any other questions I can answer for you?

Let your interviewer know you are open to any other questions they may have. If they have been holding a question or two they had considered asking throughout the interview, this gives them a chance to get their answer.

Don’t forget, at the end of an interview, you want to close with something memorable. Use the statement “I want this job,” along with the reasons why to signal to the interviewer that you’re interested. Make sure to get your interviewer’s contact information and ask for a date by which you can expect to hear from them.

The key to a successful interview is asking the right questions. By using this list, you are well on your way to landing your dream job!


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