7 Questions You Should Ask in the Job Interview

Most of us tend to think of job interviews as Q&A sessions where the interviewer asks us questions and we have to be ready with our answers. But job interviews are more than just that.

Towards the end of the interview, the interviewer is likely to ask you if you have any questions to ask. If you’re not prepared for this moment, you might just end up dropping the ball.

Never say, “No, thank you, I have no questions to ask”.


At this point, there are some pertinent questions that you could ask your interviewer.


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Asking the right questions at the end of the interview plays an important role in helping the interviewer get to know you better. Through the questions you ask, the recruiter will get to know how informed you are, what your goals and aspirations are and what your ideas of success are. Moreover, you will gain better insight into the company and the position that you are applying for.


Here are 7 relevant questions that you could ask at the end of the job interview:


1. What are the opportunities for growth in this role?

The interviewer can respond by telling you what your career growth chart over the next few years could look like and what the opportunities for promotions are.


2. What are the skills and qualifications that you are looking for in candidates applying for this role?

This will give you a fair idea of what exactly the recruiters are looking for and whether or not you fit the bill. The interviewer could also tell you what they think about your skills and qualifications with respect to the role.


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3. Could you tell me what a typical day at work for me will be like?

The answer to this question should tell you what your key responsibilities would be, what your timings are likely to be, and how busy you will keep on the job.


4. I recently read/heard about <any development in the company>. Could you tell me a little more about this?

This is a good way to learn more about the company. It shows the recruiter that you’re interested in and informed about the company and its growth.


5. What do you think is the best thing about working with this company?

The interviewer is likely to tell you the good things about working for the company, the perks, the promotions, the work culture, etc. This will give you an idea of what you will like (or dislike) about working there.


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6. Given my background and qualifications, what do you think will be the greatest challenges for me in this role?

This is an indirect and subtle way of asking about the most difficult things about the job. You will get an idea of the parts that you may find challenging or may not like too much.


7. By when do you expect to make a decision?

Instead of asking frivolous questions such as how many people are being interviewed for the job, you could simply ask when you should expect to hear from the recruiters. This will make the interim waiting time easier for you and will allow you to think over the things that you have learnt about the job and company.


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Keep in mind never to ask questions that can easily be answered with a simple Google search!


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