The questions you must ask your interviewer

Did you know that the average human being spends around 13 years and two months of life at work? If that’s the case, then don’t you think that we all deserve to spend all this time being happy at work? If you agree, then settle in because this blog is for you!

Did you know that the average human being spends around 13 years and two months of life at work? If that’s the case, then don’t you think that we all deserve to spend all this time being happy at work? If you agree, then settle in because this blog is for you!

We are all familiar with questions that interviewers ask potential employees, from the trick questions that catch you off guard, to the typical questions that one would expect, but what about questions that you may have for the interviewer?

In this blog, we attempt to reverse these roles. Asking questions to your interviewer could be the extra step that lands you that dream job. By questioning your interviewer, you are showing interest in the company. That shows that you are genuinely interested in the job or role.

Of course, never ask questions for the sake of asking them. Questions should rise from a place of genuine curiosity and should add some value to the process. Make sure that your questions are concise, focused, and open-ended. You usually have a small window at the end of any interview where you can ask questions, make the most of this opportunity! Here are a few pointers. 

Question 1: Could you shed some light on day-to-day activities within this position?

It’s impossible to tell a story in 3-4 words, maybe you can capture the essence, but that’s about it. The same is the case with job designations. On paper, you may be a Software Analyst, but these two words do nothing to describe your day-to-day activities. It’s important to get a good understanding of the position before you rush into it. There may be some skills that you may need to sharpen or develop, it’s always best to know this before day 1 so that you are not completely lost or taken by surprise. Understand the expectations of the company. That will give you a firm footing to start your based on mutual understanding.

Question 2: Could you tell me about the culture of the company?

This is a crucial question, for both – interviewer and candidate. Before you make a commitment to spending many years at a company, make sure that the work culture is aligned with your principles. Question the expectations, work hours, inclusivity, or any other doubts you may have.

You need to know what you’re signing up for, so it is fair to ask for details. It also shows your interest and commitment to becoming a long-term member of the team. These are questions that candidates usually avoid, but times are changing. Employers respect candidates who want to make an informed decision. Of course, it is natural to keep your options open while looking for a job, so if you are confused about making a decision on which company to join, the answer to this question may become a deciding factor for you!

Question 3: Where do you see the company in the next 3 years?

Before you decide to join a company, remember that it would be beneficial to both parties if you are there for at least a few years. You don’t want a resume with many job changes and the company doesn’t want to spend a lot of time training someone who will leave in a short time. So, to assure yourself and to ensure the interviewer that you’re in it for the long haul, ask the company where they see themselves in 3 years.

Question 4: Could you walk me through my career journey with this role?

If your career is more than just a part-time fling, then you need to carefully consider the answer to this question. You may have a strong idea of where you see yourself in 3-5 years, but this may not match with the career progression available at the company. At the end of the day, this relationship must be symbiotic, so if the career-track is not designed the way you want, then maybe it’s best to keep your options open. If walking down this career path helps you achieve the goals you’ve envisioned for yourself, then great! This question is a nice way to make sure that you and the company are more or less on the same page when it comes to growth and adding value to the company, as well as your own personal career journey.

Question 5: How long have you been in this company?

A great way to end an interview is to ask a somewhat personal question and don’t be afraid because, at the end of the day, your interviewer is a human being, like you. A good follow up question would be to ask about their experience and what they love about the company. This shows that you are genuinely interested in the company and are keen to learn more about the company. This will help you stand out from the dozens of candidates who limit their interaction to professional experience. Exhibiting an eagerness and willingness to learn, coupled with passion could give you the upper hand!

These are 5, useful questions to pencil into your next interview.

They will show your level of interest, openness, and a commitment and willingness to be absolutely transparent from day 1. It also shows that you have a voice and opinions and are not just another drone with all the “right answers”. There’s much merit to being outspoken in an interview, as long as you remember to read the room, tread carefully, and always remain respectful and courteous. Remember, you are not trying to portray yourself as an unstoppable force of nature but rather someone who is genuinely interested in investing their time and resources to grow with a company. Last, but not least, listen to your gut, if you feel like you need clarity on some aspects, all you have to do is ask!