If you leave an interview without asking any questions, you can almost guarantee you won’t get the job. In fact, according to a survey by CareerBuilder, 32 percent of hiring managers said one of the most common mistakes job seekers make is not asking good questions in an interview.
Asking questions at your interview shows the interviewer that you’re interested in the position and not just looking to work anywhere that will have you.
While we recommend you tailor your questions for each interview, here are some basic questions you can ask (and why you should ask them) at your interview:
How would you describe the company culture?
You need to learn if you want to work there in the first place. Discovering more about the company culture will help you decide if it will be a good fit.
Can you describe the ideal candidate for this position?
Learn who their ideal candidate is to see how you compare. In your follow-up after the interview, reiterate how your strengths align with their ideal candidate.
Can you tell me about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?
You want to learn as much as you can about the position to decide if it’s a job you really want. This should also give you an idea of how qualified you are for the role.
What do you like most about working for this company?
Asking this question tells the interviewer that you’re not just looking for any job — you care about finding the right job for you.
What is the next step in the interview process?
This question demonstrates that you’re interested in the position and excited to move forward in the process. It will also give you an idea of when they are planning to make a hiring decision. Don’t forget to ask for contact info (business cards) from each person you meet with in order to follow-up after the interview.