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5 questions job seekers should ask in every interview

6/24/2020

5 questions job seekers should ask in every interview

When you're going in for a job interview, you are all but guaranteed to get the famous question: "Do you have any questions for me?" After a fair bit of time being peppered with questions, now is the time for you to turn the tables and find areas of interest that could be illuminating for both you and the hiring manager.

Of course, the all too common problem in this scenario is that it's not easy to come up with those questions on the fly, so coming in with a few in mind is always a good idea. Those could include the following:

1) "What would my typical day look like?"

This is the kind of basic question that you might not even really think about, or gets covered broadly in the previous conversation, but is very important to understand, according to The Muse. After all, depending on your preferred working style, you may find that there are too many meetings in a given day, or not enough face time with your supervisor, to really meet your needs. On the other hand, you could find out that the average day for someone in your role is exactly suited to your tastes. That's why you have to ask.

2) "How much training will I receive?"

Whether you mean this question in terms of soon after you get hired, or on an ongoing basis (or both), this is the kind of thing you need to know simply because it will tell you how you will grow into the role over time, The Muse said. That kind of information might also help shape how you see yourself being able to move up the ladder or grow professionally.

3) "What does your ideal hire bring to the table?"

At this point in the interview, you're probably doing some mental calculus to see just how well it's going and what your chances of getting the job really are, according to Business Insider. This question will help further clarify the issue: You can see what the hiring manager outlines and determine how that lines up with your qualifications. If it's even approximately a match, you could end up in good shape here.

4) "What problems are you currently dealing with, organizationally?"

Another great way to get the "big picture" of the situation is to ask what challenges the company is working its way through, and how that might intersect with your potential role, Business Insider added. In some cases, you may have a perfect suggestion or idea that could help you stand out from the crowd even more.

5) "What expectations would you have for me in the first month, first quarter and first year?"

In many ways, interviewing is about setting expectations for people on both sides of the table, according to Big Interview. The more you know about what the company wants from you, the better off you will be when it comes to figuring out if the position or the entire organization is right for you.