Interview Questions for Future Employers
We get it: interviews can be stressful. There’s a lot on the line, and it might be your first time going through the process. We recommend preparing some questions to ask the interviewer at the end of your time together. Having interview questions ready will help you learn if the job fits your skills. It also shows your interest in the position. Read through our 10 suggestions to get ready for your interview:
- What does a typical day look like?
This question is a great follow-up to an interview. It gives the interviewer the chance to share information about the role you might not already know. It also allows you to determine if the position is something you’re genuinely interested in.
- What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
It’s okay if this job is out of your comfort zone. That’s a great opportunity to learn and grow!
- Do you expect the main responsibilities for this position to change in the next six months to a year?
It’s important to know if the job you are interviewing for will stay the same or evolve over the long-term. Knowing how the role will develop also allows you to demonstrate excitement about company growth.
- How will I be trained?
This question can put you at ease if you don’t think you have all the skills to do the job. You’ll get a better understanding of what the first few weeks of work will look like.
- Are there opportunities for advancement or professional development?
The answer to this question lets you know if you will continue to get training while you’re working. Asking the question also shows a desire to grow your skills and stick with the company.
- What are the most important things you would like to see someone accomplish in the first 90 days?
If you are hired, knowing the answer to this question can help make your first few months on the job extremely successful. You’ll know what your boss is expecting of you.
- What is the performance review process like here? How often would I be formally reviewed?
This question gives you an idea of how often someone will check on your work, assess your progress and give you feedback in a formal way. If you are hired, you won’t be caught off guard when review meetings are scheduled. In some positions, raises could be tied to performance reviews.
- Can you tell me about the team I will be working with?
Take advantage of your interviewer’s insider information by including this in your list of interview questions. You will get a good idea of who your coworkers will be, how much interaction you’ll have with others, as well as the company culture, such as their goals and attitudes. The answer to this question could be a red flag for you or give you an idea of how to prepare for your first days on the job.
- What is different about working here than anywhere else?
This gives the interviewer a chance to really sell the job and company to you. They can share details about the benefits of the position. You can also learn how the job may be different than others you have worked in the past.
- Can I answer any final questions for you?
A question like this is the perfect opportunity to see if the interviewer has any hesitations in hiring you. They can ask any questions you didn’t address for them.
More Interview Tips
This might seem like a lot of interview questions and information to process. It’s okay to bring a notebook to jot down notes! Check out our post on nailing an interview for more interview tips. Staffanation helped place over 1,000 people in Cincinnati jobs last year. You could be one of them! We are here to help coach you through the interview and hiring process.
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