Reverse the Interview: How to Come Up with Great Questions for Your Interviewer

extreme staffing interview questions for candidates to ask

You’re approaching the end of a job interview, and it’s your turn to ask questions. You want to demonstrate you’re thoughtful, you’ve researched the company and you’ve considered what it’d be like to work in this role. You don’t want to focus too much on yourself, nor do you want to ask the interviewer too many personal questions. And don’t ask simple yes or no questions or questions that could be answered with a bit of research on your part. Instead, show you’re focusing on the bigger picture, and the future, and thinking about how you can contribute to this company. Here are some great questions to ask your interviewer.

Look to the Future

Demonstrate you’re considering how you can add value to the company and you have career goals. What’s the most important thing I’d need to accomplish in my first 90 days? What are the prospects for growth and advancement? What’s a typical career path?

Focus on Success

Show you’re ambitious. How will you measure the success of the person in this position? What differentiated the successful people in this position from the ones who were just okay? What type of background would be best suited for success in this position?

Think About Challenges

What are some of the challenges you expect this position to face? What happened to the last person who held this position? Or, why is this position available?

Inquire About Next Steps

Ask about what’s next in the hiring process. When can I expect to hear from you? If I’m hired, do you have an orientation process? When is the anticipated start date?

Ask About the Company

How would you describe this company’s values? How has the company changed over the last few years? What are the company’s plans for growth and development? What’s the best part about working for this company?

Ask the Pressing Questions

Ask the questions you really care about. Yes, avoid “me” questions – you shouldn’t put yourself ahead of the company; however, if you have something that’s really specific to your situation that’s really weighing on you – how much travel is expected or whether you’d need to relocate – you should ask it! You need to make sure you’re a good fit for the role you’re interviewing for and the company can accommodate you. If something isn’t right, you don’t want to be struggling or be miserable.

Make Sure You Stand Out During the Interview

Good questions help set you apart from the competition by showing you’re preparing and really envisioning what it’d be like to working there. They also help to prepare you by giving you the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the role and the company. For more great job search advice and for available opportunities across Idaho and Utah, get in touch with Extreme Staffing and Payroll today.

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