Interviews are not something people usually get excited about, so once the interviewer is done with their questions, the last thing we want to do is prolong the high-stress conversation. Despite the desire to close your padfolio, stand up, and walk gallantly out the door because you can finally take a deep breath, stop right there! When an interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”, the worst possible word to leave your mouth is “No.” Remember that the interview is not just about the company deciding if you are a correct fit, but also whether or not you can see yourself there. Here are 5 questions you should consider asking during your next interview:
1. What is a typical day like in your position?
This question is a great way to figure out what your career would really be like in your new position. What hours would you be working? Will you be working mainly in teams or as an individual? Will you be interacting with customers and/or your co-workers? These are just a few important questions that can be answered by asking about the typical day at your potential workplace.
2. Can you tell me about your favorite project you have been a part of at your company?
Ask this question in order to see the passion your interviewer has for the work he or she does every day. Is the person excited to tell you about company projects? Is he or she satisfied with the results?
3. Did you have trouble adjusting to the company culture? Do you get along with the people in your office?
One of the keys to happiness in the workplace is forming relationships with your coworkers. So, use this question to see if your interviewer enjoys spending time outside of work with his or her coworkers. Is there a lot of tension or drama in the workplace, or is there a company culture that encourages relationships outside of the office?
4. Do you see yourself with this company in the future (can also name a specific time frame)?
This is an ideal question if you are searching for a company in which you see a future. If finding a company at which you would like to remain for an extended period of time is important to you, then this could let you narrow the options. This will also allow you to find out the interviewer’s views of the company’s longevity and growth, which can determine your future success with the company as well.
5. Have you found yourself developing both individually and professionally in your position?
Most people begin to feel stuck in a position, as if they are no longer challenged, therefore leading to a smaller amount of satisfaction with their work. Ask your interviewer if the company encourages professional and personal development within the workplace, including encouraging employees to go back to school if that is something that interests you. Notice the interviewer’s either hesitant or enthusiastic reaction as he or she describes experiences within the company.
There are countless questions you can ask your interviewer, but these are just a few to get you started!