There's one thing that will be asked of a job candidate in just about any interview: "Do you have any questions for us?"
The answer to that question should always be an emphatic "yes," because hiring managers want to see that interviewees are engaged and curious. That usually means you might have to think on your feet a bit to come up with a question that will paint you in the best possible light, but you can certainly go in with some ideas in mind, and deploy them based on what is discussed in the interviews themselves.
Here are just a few examples of great questions to ask your interviewer.
1) "How do you measure success?"
Every company and every employee is different, so it's important for you to get an idea of how the company would assess your performance if you get the job, according to The Cut. In asking this question, you might find that they would evaluate your success in a way you're quite comfortable with, or the opposite could be true. Either way, it's better to know and make your decisions based on that fact.
2) "Has there been a lot of turnover for this role?"
Another way to tell if a job is the right one for you is to see how previous people in your role have felt about it, The Cut added. If there's been a lot of turnover - and in particular if the person who had the job right before you left after a short time - that could be a red flag. On the other hand, if your potential predecessors tended to keep their jobs for years at a time, this might be a great role for you.
3) "What are the good and bad aspects of the company's culture?"
If you can get an accurate assessment of what the day-to-day operations of the company are, you'll be able to tell how well you would do in that working environment, according to Monster. Some company cultures may not be for everyone, so getting the big picture of whether it's a good fit is always smart.
4) "What do you like or dislike about working here?"
Along similar lines, asking the interviewer this kind of direct question will help you make a good decision, Monster noted. This question may be especially effective if the hiring manager you're talking to is in your potential department, since their daily work will likely be more or less in line with yours.
5) "Where will the company be in five years?"
If you think this is the kind of job you would hold onto for a while, it's often wise to get an overview of where the business is headed, according to Top Resume. If their goals seem to align with yours, it might be a better fit than you first thought.
6) "How would my job expectations change over time?"
Likewise, if the company is on an upward trajectory, hoping for more growth, you might want to get an idea of whether that would affect your job in a meaningful way, Top Resume advised. If so, finding out how may help determine whether you accept a job offer.
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