5 Questions You Should Ask During a Job Interview

Here's a comprehensive list of questions to ask during your interview to help you land the job of your dreams.

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Questions To Ask In An Interview

Hiring managers often go through countless interviews before deciding on which candidate to extend a job offer to. One way you can set yourself apart from other candidates is to ask good questions during the interview. 
 
Preparing a list of well-thought-out questions to ask an interviewer shows you’re interested, excited and engaged—all things the employer is looking for. It also gives you the chance to learn more about the company, the position, career path and the company culture.
 
In this article, we’ll cover some valuable tips to help you prepare for a job interview. We’ll then go through the top five questions to ask during your interview that can help you stand out from the pack and land your dream job. 
 
Lastly, we’ll show you how to successfully follow up after a job interview to increase your chances of getting hired.
 
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How To Prepare for a Job Interview

So you’ve taken the time to write the perfect resume with ResumeHelp and started applying to jobs; now it’s time for the interview. You may be nervous at first, but you will increase your chances of nailing the interview and getting hired with good preparation.

  1. Know your resume inside and out.Spend time studying your resume so you can recite any section of it off the top of your head when the interviewer asks about it. It’s always a good idea to do your research and practice how to answer the most common job interview questions and commonly asked interview questions for the field and position you’re applying to.
  1. Research some typical questions that get asked on interviews and prepare some answers to those questions that focus on your strengths.
  1. Prepare the right questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview that will allow you to learn more about the job, the company’s management style, and possible career paths. Asking meaningless questions at the end of an interview for which you can find answers on the company’s website is a big red flag for recruiters because it shows that you cannot take on big challenges if you’re unable to perform basic research ahead of the interview. Be concise and prepare a small selection of best questions to ask to learn the most about the job’s day-to-day responsibilities, the company’s biggest challenges and company culture.</li

Study the job post to fully understand the job description and company values and utilize parts of your resume that make you the ideal candidate for the position.

Lastly, you should practice doing mock interviews with friends and family using your resume and job post to mimic your next interview.

What Are the Top Five Questions To Ask During Your Interview?

You can spend countless hours preparing for your interview by preparing answers to some great questions and doing mock interviews. But if you end the interview without asking the hiring manager some final thoughtful questions, you may as well continue with your job search because you probably won’t be hired. 
 
Hiring managers want to see proactive job candidates, so preparing some well-thought-out questions to ask at the end of the interview will significantly increase your chances of becoming a new hire. 
 
Below, we’ll cover the top five questions job applicants should ask during their interview:
 
1.Where do you see the company in five years? This is a great question to ask because it helps you find out about the company’s long-term plans and goals. It also shows that you’re interested in developing a long-term relationship with the company. This question can help job seekers increase their chances of getting hired because most companies’ hiring processes usually focus on hiring the types of people who plan on sticking around with the company long term.
 
2.Can you tell me more about the team I would be working with? Asking this question allows you to learn more about the position than what was offered in the job description. It also shows that you genuinely care about the position and enjoy teamwork. 
 
3.What’s your favorite part of working for this company? This question shows your genuine interest in others while learning things about the company that may not be listed in the job post.
 
4.What is the company culture like? This question shows a genuine interest in learning more about the work environment.
 
5.What is the career path for this position and are there opportunities to progress further down the line? This question shows the hiring manager that you’re interested in growing with the company. 


More Questions To Ask an Interviewer

Here are a few more questions you may want to consider asking your interviewer. You want to sound as natural as possible during your interview, so it is always a good idea to have multiple options.
 
These are great backups in case your interviewer already gave you the answers to our top five questions during the interview on their own.
 
How do you measure and evaluate the performance and success of the person in this position? Ask this question to learn more about how you can succeed in the job.
 
What does a typical day look like? This question can help you understand more about the daily duties and decide whether you are a good fit for the position.
 
Do you expect the main responsibilities for this position to change in the near future? This question shows the hiring manager that you’re flexible and motivated to grow with the company by taking on new tasks.
 
Are there opportunities for training within the role/company? This question allows you to better understand the company’s expectations from you and if they offer any help or resources for new hires.
 
What’s the most important thing I can do to help in my first three months? This question shows the hiring manager your motivation to contribute from day one.
 
Is there a work-from-home option offered? Given the recent pandemic, this is an important question as working from home has become more common.

How To Follow Up After a Job Interview

You may feel like you nailed the interview after applying everything you’ve learned so far from this article. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow up and just wait at home to hear the good news (or bad).
 
You should ask about the next steps before leaving the interview. Also, you should work in a genuine way to ask the hiring manager to connect on LinkedIn. Don’t simply ask them if you can connect on LinkedIn out of the blue. Instead, try to find a common connection and valid reason for asking them.
 
After you finish the interview, send a thank-you note out the same day of the interview via email. Finally, don’t hesitate to check in periodically if you haven’t heard anything from them.


FAQ: Questions To Ask an Interviewer

Q: What shouldn't you ask during an interview?

    • Do you have any positions other than this one?
    • How long are the working hours?
    • How many vacation days do I get?

Q: Can you ask too many questions during an interview?

Yes, you absolutely can. Don’t bore the interviewer with countless questions you can easily find out online. Instead, focus on asking the most meaningful questions that show your interest in the position.

Q: Why is asking questions during an interview so important?

It’s important because it shows your genuine interest in the position. It also shows that you’ve done your research, and it helps the hiring manager get to know you.

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