These Are the Best Questions at The End of a Job Interview
Every job interview pretty much ends the same way, with the interviewer asking the applicant if she or he has any questions. While interviewers do actively pay attention to the questions you ask them, turning the floor over to an applicant also comes down to basic manners.
Therefore, you should walk into every interview expecting to have the opportunity to ask questions. This opportunity is a valuable one and it's critical to ask the right kinds of questions. The best questions gain real insight into an organization, but also reveal to the interviewer that you've done your homework. For instance, if you're interviewing at a small company that was just acquired by a larger one, you don’t want to ask a question that references the old ownership.
Trying to thread this needle is difficult, but it can be done, and it usually depends on your research. If you’re trying to come up with good interview questions and feeling a bit stumped, consider the following suggestions.
Can You Describe a Typical Day?
Asking this should give you a lot more granular detail about the job. Job descriptions don't do a very good job of actually describing the day-to-day and the interviewer might be more focused on telling you about 'deliverables' as opposed to the daily grind. Don't hesitate to ask for more detail about anything the interviewer said that piqued your interest. If you are tendered a job offer, you will have a better sense of how to assess that offer if you know the nitty-gritty details about the job.
How Will My Success Be Measured?
The last thing you want to do is get into a job where your effectiveness is measured subjectively. Sure, you would benefit from having a boss that likes you, but the job would be miserable if you found yourself in a personality conflict with your supervisor.
You want a job where your success is measured as objectively as possible. If your interviewer can’t tell you exactly how they'll know if you're doing a good job, it should raise a red flag in your mind.
What are the Biggest Pain Points?
This question reveals you understand the job will have challenges, and readily acknowledge that fact. In addition to learning more about the hardest parts of the job, you can also find out if your skillset is suited to handling the role's biggest pain points. You ought to be suspicious if they neglect to mention anything that sounds like a serious challenge, as overcoming challenges can actually make a job more rewarding.
What’s Next in the Hiring Process?
All good candidates follow up after an interview, and this question will help you find out the best way to do that. Try to find out a timeframe for following up and who to contact about the status of your application.
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