Well, you did it. Your resume got noticed and you made it through a phone screen to earn an in person, face to face interview with representatives from the company. The interview now gives you an opportunity to show the company that you are the right person out of all the other candidates for the job.
Most of the time, you will be answering questions, however, a good interview will allow you to ask questions as well. Therefore, an interview also gives you the opportunity to make sure this is the right company, culture and fit for you as well. Not having any questions for the interviewer basically says that you’re not interested enough to learn anymore. Have some thoughtful questions prepared, so your interview feels more like a conversation than a firing squad.
Many of your specific questions may be answered during your interview, but here are some questions to have prepared which will not only give you some insight but show your interest as well:
- Is this a new role that has been created?
- What does a typical day look like?
- What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
- What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
- What’s your favorite part about working here?
- Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
- What is the company and team culture like?
- Where do you see this company in the next few years?
- What’s different about working here than anywhere else you’ve worked?
- Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
Lastly – What are the next steps in the interview process?
Don’t leave your interview questioning whether you want that job or to work for that company. It is better to follow up with them and remove your candidacy then accept the position and immediately start looking for yet another job.