As the interviewee, the last thing on your mind might be to interview your interviewer but it’s a crucial piece of the process. They’re trying to make sure that you’re the right fit for their company and for the role–and it’s your time to do the same. If you have questions ready to ask the interviewer, it not only shows that you’re prepared, it shows that you are genuinely interested in the role.
Our team at Spark Your Resume sat down and came up with some of our favorite questions to ask during the interview–as well as a few no brainers to keep in your back pocket. Check out the list below, and don’t hesitate to comment on your go-tos if you don’t see them on the list!
- Have I answered all of your questions?
Before turning the spotlight to your interviewer, take a moment to check in and make sure that you’ve answered all of their questions adequately.
- Why have you stayed at this company?
Rather than just asking “What do you like about working at this company?”, this question goes a step further and asks what’s incentivized them to stay. If they just started recently, a good alternative is “What made you decide on this company specifically?”
- What type of employees succeed and advance at this firm?
This question is perfect for figuring out what you need to do in order to do well at the company, as well as hear a bit more about the culture in a specific way.
- What’s a current problem that you and your team are working to solve right now?
When you ask this question, be sure to listen to the answer–not only will it clue you in to projects you may encounter, but it can potentially set you apart from other candidates. If you remember the challenge and spend some time brainstorming or researching, you can bring it up in your follow up email and offer your perspective. This isn’t the time to deep dive, but it shows the employer that you listened in the interview and really are eager to add value.
- How have you seen the company grow and change since you first started here?
The world is constantly changing–and companies are, too. The past few decades have been filled with cultural shifts, requiring lots of adaptation. Knowing how the company handles change is definitely worth noting.
- What do you wish you knew about the company before you started working here?
An upgrade to the “Do you have any advice for new employees?” question. Even if it’s something minute or seemingly irrelevant, it often points back to the culture again. Maybe everyone gets coffee at the same time or leaves early on Fridays. Still, it’s valuable information.
- How has the company helped your professional growth?
What is the company doing to support their employees? Understanding this is HUGE in seeing if the company values their employees and are willing to invest in their betterment and success.
- How would I be focused on adding value to your team?
More or less, this is trying to get a feel for what major tasks or projects you would be spending your time and energy on. It can also be a good gauge to see if the interviewer thinks any of the skills you’ve mentioned or demonstrated would be beneficial.
- What’s one of the most interesting projects that you’ve worked on?
This question always provides an interesting answer, and it gives you something easy to bring up/refer to in your follow up email! It may even provide you with the opportunity to connect with your interviewer further.
- What’s your timeline for making a decision/extending an offer, and are there any next steps I should take?
This is the best time to clarify the next steps in the process. Walking out of the interview knowing what to expect is so much better than ambiguity. It’s also important to make sure that you are clear on whether or not the company needs any more from you before they make their decision.