Questions to ask at the end of yourjob interview

What’s the most awkward bit of a job interview? The not knowing, the meeting of new people who are only there to judge, or the end? The end is weird isn’t it?! They say you should ask questions, but what?

These, of course…

How has this position evolved?

Basically, this question just lets you know whether this job is a dead end or a stepping-stone.

How would you describe the company’s culture?

Hoover says this question gives you a broad view on the corporate philosophy of a company and on whether it prioritizes employee happiness.

Who do you consider your major competitors? How are you better?

This question is not for the faint of heart, but it shows that you are already thinking about how you can help the company rise to meet some of its bigger goals.

What do you like most about working for this company?

Hoover says this question is important because it lets you “create a sense of camaraderie” with the interviewer because “interviewers — like anyone — usually like to talk about themselves and especially things they know well.”

How would you score the company on living up to its core values? What’s the one thing you’re working to improve on?

Harrison says this is a respectful way to ask about shortcomings within the company — which you should definitely be aware of before joining a company.

What are the challenges of this position?

If the interviewer says, “There aren’t any,” you should proceed with caution.

If you were to hire me, what might I expect in a typical day?

Obviously this shows your eagerness about the position, Harrison says, but it also gives you a better idea about what the job will be like on a daily basis so you can decide whether you really want to pursue it.

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