As a job seeker, you are just as entitled to ask questions during the interview and gauge fit as a potential employer is.
A job interview is no longer a one-way street — as a job seeker, you are just as entitled to ask questions during the interview and gauge fit as a potential employer is. Take advantage of this by speaking up. Not only will it help you understand whether the position aligns with your skills and experience, but it will also show the interviewer that you are an active rather than passive participant in this discussion. Asking informed questions can leave a good impression and demonstrate genuine interest in the position.
Before heading off to your next job interview, don’t just practice answering interview questions — print out these questions so you’ll be prepared when the interviewer asks: “Do you have any questions for me?”
1. How do I compare to your ideal candidate?
If your interviewer expresses reservations about your qualifications or experience, you can clear up any misunderstandings or fill in any gaps in your resume by understanding where the bar is set.
2. How has this job evolved over time?
If a longstanding role has never changed over the years, you could be interviewing for a dead-end position or with a company that doesn’t embrace change.
3. What are the advancement opportunities?
Many people do not plan to stay in a single position for their entire career, and sometimes the lack of upward mobility can be a deal-breaker. Make sure the job you take offers the type of advancement opportunities you need to craft the career path you want.