Advice for job interviewing abounds, and much of it is focused on how to answer commonly asked questions during the interview. But there are some other interviewing tips you’ll want to think through: what questions you should ask the interviewer.
A job interview will frequently end with the hiring manager or boss asking if you any questions, and the answer to this query is always “yes.” This shows that you are genuinely interested in the position and the company and that you have thoughtfully considered various aspects of the job.
The following are some constructive questions you may want to ask at the end of your interview:
How would you describe an average day on this job? The answer to this question will provide you a detailed picture of what you’ll actually be doing day-to-day and how much time you’ll have to devote to the different duties assigned to you. It will also inform you of whether or not the job description is accurate. If the interviewer has difficulty answering this question it might be an indication that the position has not been well-defined and you may have to “make it up” as you go along, which could be a good thing or a not-good thing.
What are the key challenges or problems of this position? Ask this question to help you determine whether or not the job will be a good fit. If the problems presented feel overwhelming or unsolvable—as opposed to challenging and exciting—it might not be the right place for you. On the other hand, the response you receive may offer you the opportunity to demonstrate your willingness to tackle challenges and discuss additional expectations.
How would you describe the ideal candidate? This is a great question to ask in order to find out if you’re what they’re looking for and vice-versa. Listen carefully to the response and be realistic. If the interviewer says that a “focused” and “serious” person would perform well, and you’re more the laid-back type, you won’t be happy working there. (They might offer you the job anyway; it’s hard to discern someone’s personality in an interview.)
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