We have all been in this situation. After weeks (months) of applying to various jobs a company finally contacts you back. FINALLY! But your momentary relief is cut short as you begin thinking about the impending interview. Let’s be honest, job interviews are stressful. Some people will spend hours in the mirror practicing their winning smile repeating to themselves their finally tuned answers to the common interview question we’ve all heard by now.
“Tell me a little about yourself?”
“What do you know about the company?”
“What are your greatest strengths?”
You’ve perfected your answers to these questions. And your answer to these questions are important. They give the interviewer a good idea of who you are and how you might fit into the company. But preparing questions yourself to ask the interviewer can help you to stand out even more. Below are a list of the top questions to ask an interviewer and why they are important to ask.
- “What does success look like in this position?”
In an interview a candidate should ask what would make a candidate successful at the position. Knowing the relevant not only requirements to do the job but also the ways one can go beyond that to really impress your company will help you to succeed in your next position.
- “What is the most challenging aspect of the job?”
Knowing what you may struggle with at a job is as relevant as knowing what you will be strong at. It will help you and the interviewer to gage your skill level as well as what you are willing to work on in order to succeed.
- “How does one advance in this company?”
Knowing what is needed to move up in a company will help you to set goals for yourself and give you the motivation to follow through with them.
- “How Would you describe this company’s values?”
Working for a company who’s mission you believe in is important. An employee who values the company they work for and believe in their values will be more likely to work hard at the company to help them achieve their goals
- “What is the best part of working for this company?”
Though no one enjoys work enjoys their job all the time, working for a company you like will help motivate you to get up in the morning. Knowing whether the best parts of the company are also things that you know you might enjoy is relevant to both you and the interviewer to know whether you will be a good fit for the position.