When an interviewer asks you if you have any questions, that’s a great opportunity to determine if the company is a good fit for you and whether or not you’d be happy working there. I’ve always been a bit surprised and a little disappointed when someone I interviewed didn’t ask me any questions. It made me think the candidate wasn’t interested or wasn’t very attentive.
Here are a few questions you can ask that will both show that you’re interested and help you determine if the job is a good fit for you.
- Can you take me through a typical day for someone in this position? I always loved this question because it shows interest in the job. You’ll also get a good sense of whether you can do the job and whether you’d want to.
- How would you describe the company culture? More and more companies are putting a much greater emphasis on culture and finding people who are good cultural fits. If you’re looking for more than just a paycheck, then you should be trying to find a work environment you can thrive in with a company culture that reflects your values.
- What do you like most about working here? Ideally, you want to be surrounded by enthusiastic people who love what they do, not burn outs.
- How is performance evaluated? This question shows that you’re focused on delivering value and results.
- What is the next step in the hiring process? If it’s your first interview with the company, you can demonstrate that you’re interested in coming back by asking this question. You can also ask if there’s anyone else you’ll need to meet before you get hired. If it’s your second or third interview, you can ask:
- When will I know your decision? or What’s your timeline for making a decision? Asking when you can expect to hear back is another show of interest. You don’t want to leave your interviewer feeling like you don’t care or wouldn’t take the job if offered. Don’t push it though. Setting a deadline for them to call you or mentioning that you have other offers makes you look like an ass.
You’ll notice that there are no questions about salary, benefits, or vacation time on my list. Don’t ask those types of questions. It’s not the right time and asking such questions can make a bad impression. Save them for when you’re negotiating an offer.