6 of the best questions to ask your interviewer (and why)

It has happened to everyone – you’ve made it through your interview with little to no slip ups. You were prepared for every one of their questions and answered them perfectly. Everything was going great…until they asked if you have any questions for them.

Asking questions makes you look good – it shows that you’re really interested in the position and keen to learn more. And, depending on the questions you choose to ask, it can be another way to show off your skills and help the interviewer get to know your personality.

Asking questions is also a great opportunity for you to find out whether or not the role is right for you. If you’re confident about your abilities and feel like you’re able to do the job, then it’s important for you to find out if the company is somewhere you want to work.

Keep reading to find out which are the best questions to ask your interviewer and why you should be asking them.

 

“How would you describe the company culture here?”

 

Makes you look good because:

We’ve written before about how hiring managers are now looking to hire candidates based on personality over skills.

Asking about the company culture shows your interviewer that you understand the importance of being a good cultural fit, and that you’re really trying to gauge what it would take to be successful there.

Helps you to find out if the company is the right fit for you because:

This question will give you a good idea about what you might be walking into if you accept an offer. It will also help you to figure out what they’re expecting from you in the role.

Their answer should give you an idea of the work environment and the company’s vision and values. Listen carefully to their answer – is it a fast-paced, sales-focused competitive environment? Do they prioritize employee happiness?

You can use what you’ve learned to decide whether their culture is aligned with your expectations, and consider whether you could see yourself working happily there.

“What are the biggest challenges the department are facing right now?”

 

Makes you look good because:

Asking this tells your interviewer that you are aware that you’re bound to come up against challenges. Better still, it shows that you’re already thinking of how you can work around any problems you might encounter.

This question is another opportunity to show off your skills and expertise. If they mention that they’re having trouble in a particular area that you have experience with, or know how to solve, let them know!

Helps you to find out if the company is the right fit for you because:

Having an idea of the challenges you might face helps to prepare you for what you might expect if you’re offered and accept the role.

Depending on their answer, the challenges that they’re facing can show you their weaknesses or any less-than-perfect company cultures. If they reveal that they’ve had a few consecutive hires for the role before you, it could be a major red flag.

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“What are the day to day responsibilities of the role?”

 

Makes you look good because:

This is a chance for you to further highlight exactly why you’d be a great fit. If they talk about tasks or projects that you have experience of, tell them! It’s another chance to talk about your previous experience and shows that you have the ability and skills needed to do the job.

Helps you to find out if the company is the right fit for you because:

Sometimes, a job description posted on a job board doesn’t quite match up to the eventual role. It likely isn’t deliberate – it’s not in any company’s best interest to con anyone into working for them – but sometimes it happens. You should always take your chance to find out whether the daily responsibilities they describe are in-line with your goals, skills and expectations.

“Will the company provide support and training opportunities?”

 

Makes you look good because:

Asking whether there will be support and development makes you sound like a go-getter and somebody who is dedicated to their learning and progression.

Helps you to find out if the company is the right fit for you because:

If you’ve set yourself career goals and got a plan that’s going to help you achieve them, having your employer provide additional training is mutually beneficial. Having specially trained employees adds value to the company, and extra qualifications and certifications helps you expand your skill set and worth. If the company you’re interviewing with says that there will be chance for further training – great! If not (and if that’s an issue), you might want to reconsider your options.

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“How does the role fit in with the company’s broader objectives?”

 

Makes you look good because:

Another of the best questions to ask your interviewer. Showing an interest in the company as a whole is always a great idea. It shows you’re interested in the context of your work and that you understand the significance your role can play.

Helps you to find out if the company is the right fit for you because:

Asking this question in an interview helps you to understand your contribution to the organization. It tells you what you’re going to get from the position, and what will be expected of you.

 

“Will there be a chance for career progression?”

 

Makes you look good because:

It tells the interviewer that you’re a goal-setter and have ambitions! Ambitious employees with drive and motivation make the best employees.

Helps you to find out if the company is the right fit for you because:

This one should be obvious. If you’ve got aspirations to be in a managerial position in five years’ time and they say that there’s no opportunity for progression, you might want to think twice before accepting an offer.

 

What do you think are the best questions to ask your interviewer? Let us know in the comments section below.

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