You have nailed the first part of the interview with A+ answers to each question given. But now it’s your turn to be the interviewer. They give you this time as a candidate to learn more about the role and the company, however, some waste this opportunity to “check the box” with routine questions. Follow this blog to brainstorm questions that will help you make the most of your next interview.
About the Role
Before any interview, you should have already thoroughly read the job description to understand the role. However, if you are still confused or unsure about anything mentioned use this time to ask clarifying questions. These questions could revolve around day-to-day responsibilities, required skills, and performance metrics. Just make sure these questions are specific and show that you have read the description.
- What does a typical day look like?
- I see that this is an analytical-focused role, what programs will I be working with?
- What are the performance metrics used the gauge success in this role?
Company & Culture
Not everything about a company can be answered on their corporate website. Take advantage of your interview time to learn about aspects that cannot be read online or in the news. Asking questions about the business, such as financials and future plans, as well as the culture, can help you determine if this is a company that you see yourself working at for a long time. Additionally, it will prove to your interviewer that you have done your research and are strongly considering this role.
- How does the company plan on reaching its ambitious +25% sales goal for next year?
- What challenges do you see this company facing in the next 3-5 years?
- Can you explain how the company exercises its “entrepreneurship” pillar in daily operations?
Continued Education & Professional Development
Before accepting a position at a new company, it’s good to know what their continuing educational program looks like for employees. This will shape how you continue to learn once in the role. An impactful program will allow you to take control of your upskilling & reward you with opportunities to grow internally.
- How often are education seminars / Lunch & Learns offered to employees?
- Does the company provide subscriptions to industry publications?
- What future roles within the company are available for successful employees in this role?
Next Steps in Interview Process
Once all of your questions have been answered, it’s time to close by asking about the next steps in the process. This will show the interviewer that you are interested in the role and help you understand what to expect in the coming days.
- Could you explain the timeline for when I should hear about the next steps?
- Is there anything I can do to prepare for a potential next round?
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