You’ve met with the hiring manager, nailed the job interview and wowed them with your experience. At the end of the meeting, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions for them. A big mistake people make is saying they have no questions to ask. Everyone has questions they want answered, and having a few prepared will help you stand out as a candidate. Here are three valuable questions you can ask in a job interview.
Question 1. What are the current and ongoing major initiatives this department is working on?
By asking this question you can gauge your potential contribution to the company should you be hired. If the department has few current projects, it may signify a lack of growth or upward mobility at the company, so it can be beneficial to you to determine how useful you’ll be at the business.
Question 2. How would you describe the work environment and company culture?
Filling a job opening requires finding a candidate who will not only be a good fit for the company, but thinks the company is a good fit for them as well. Employment is a two-way street, so be sure to know as much as you can about the company’s culture, values, day-to-day activities and work environment.
Question 3. Can you tell me a little bit about the history of this position?
Knowing the history of the job you’re applying for can help you glean important details or clues as to why the position is vacant. If the previous employee left because the work had become too stressful, this may help you make an educated decision about taking the job. If there are no potential red flags, this question can help you learn valuable history that will help you perform well in your new position.
Gauging the level of anticipated activity at the company, learning about the work culture and finding out about the history of the position will help you make an educated decision about each position you interview for. Asking these questions will also demonstrate your interest in the position and can influence a hiring manager to choose you over your competition. For additional tips to help you in your job search, check out our blog today.