It is important to know that an interview is a 2-way communication. You have as much choice to choose your employer as the interviewer has to choose you. So don’t forget to interview the company to get as much information as you need to make your decision. After all, it’s your career. You do plan to stay in a job for at least a couple of years right? So before making that investment, you need to ensure that the company is a great fit for you.

However, a lot of times, candidates waste their opportunity by not asking questions or not asking enough questions. They risk joining a particular company and then realize that the company is not suitable for them.

So, why don’t you take advantage of the opportunity during the interview to ask all that you need to know before joining the company? This can help you to make better decision in deciding which company to join. Even if the interviewer seems dodgy of your questions, at least it raises early warning signals.

The Best Questions To Ask An Interviewer In 2017

  • What do you like most about working for this company?
  • How would you describe the company’s culture?
  • What is the reason for this job opening?
  • What is a typical day like for this role?
  • How do you evaluate the success of this role?
  • What are the challenges of this role?
  • Who would I be reporting to?
  • What are the advancement opportunities for this role?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
  • What are the qualities that help employees to succeed in the company?
  • How does the company help the employees to develop and upgrade their skills?
  • How does the company help employees to grow professionally?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?
  • When can I know the outcome of my interview?
  • What is the ideal candidate for this role?
  • Is there anything else I can provide to help you with your decision?

Do I Need To Ask Questions At The End Of The Interview?

Despite my best efforts to encourage you to ask more questions, it does not mean that you must ask a question before the end of the interview.

Firstly, I must emphasize that an interview is a 2-way communication. The engagement and interaction you have with the interviewer throughout the interview is what decides your fate with the company. By asking smart and engaging questions, you can change the dynamics of the interview and lead the interviewer to form better impression of you.

However, if you are worried about being penalized for not asking any question at the end of the interview. Don’t worry. After the 1 to 2 hours of interview, the interviewer has already formed certain impression and perception about you. Unless the question you are asking can lead the interviewer to a fresh new insight about you, it is not going to have that much of an impact to change the outcome of your interview.

So you should never ask questions for the sake of asking. Especially the ones that have already been answered to during the interview. If you really want to ace your interview, you should take a look at these interview tips.