What questions to ask your next interviewer?

2 Oct, 2018

While at a job interview, you are asked to answer a significant number of questions and here comes the last one: "Do you have any questions for us?"

When you interview for a job, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. What should you reply an interviewer?

We have put together a collection of questions to help you master the end of your next interview while gaining important information to make your decision:

Can you describe a typical day in this type of role?

You hopefully have some idea about the role you are applying to. This question will allow you to confirm that you have understood correctly the responsabilities of the position and the biggest challenges you might face.

How would you describe the work environment and culture?

If you are entering a full-time position, you will be spending spend a significant amount of your day in the company's environement. Understanding the culture and seeing if it fits your aspirations, needs or values can be an important motivation factor to consider.

Can you tell me about the team I'll be working with?

When starting a new job, it takes time to understand how the teams, departments and company are structured. By asking this question upfront, you will have a good idea of whom you will be working with, reporting to or responsible for.

What are some of the goals for the company in the short and longer term?

The answer to this question will give you a broader view on what the company is looking to acheive and how you contribute to it. 

What are the professional development in the company?

You obviously don't want this job to be a dead end but a stepping stone, so understanding the potential career path this role leads to is also important. It will allow you to plan and work towards a bigger objective.

Do you offer educational or professional training?

To remain compatitive on the job market, you should always keep learning and improving. Possible training on the job can therefore be an asset for your performance in the current position and career evolution.

What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?

You will be able to compare the key characteristics of the ideal candidate with yours and reassure the interviewer on your qualifications.

When can I expect to hear back from you?

Of course you would want to understand the next steps in the interview process so that you can avoid unecessary stress while waiting the company to get back to you. You might want to even repeat the message from the interviewer by confirming that you will get back in touch with them if you have no answer by a specific date.

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