One of the trickiest parts of going through a job interview — whether it's over the phone or in a sit-down meeting — is when the person on the other side of the desk asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" While a good interview will certainly be more of a conversation than you just answering a litany of questions back-to-back-to-back, it's not always easy to know what you should ask as the meeting wraps up.
With that in mind, the following suggestions should help you simultaneously get that extra bit of information you need, and help make you more impressive to the hiring manager:
1) "What would my typical day look like?"
This is a procedural question that will really help you get a feel for the day-to-day schedule at your potential new job, according to Grammarly. Being able to picture yourself in the role and figure out what might change in relation to your previous jobs can be highly informative and helpful when it comes to ensuring your preferred method of getting the job done aligns with the company's current processes.
2) "What do your current successful employees bring to the table?"
Here, too, you're trying to get a feel for the company's culture and working environment, and this will help you determine if you would be comfortable in that setting, Grammarly said. For instance, if you prefer to work collaboratively but the people who would be directing your work prefer that team members be left to their own devices and focus on solo work, that might not work out well for you in the long run.
3) "Why is this job open?"
This question will give you a peek behind the curtain at the company, according to Job Hunt. In some cases, you may find that this is a position with a high turnover rate; would that be a red flag for you? In others, the reason may be more simple: The business is growing rapidly and this role is newly created to provide some extra bandwidth.
4) "What is the biggest challenge I will face in the first few months on the job?"
In some companies, it's expected that new hires hit the ground running, while others will let you ease into the role and acclimate yourself, Job Hunt added. Getting a clear picture of some of the potential hurdles that may lie ahead will help you figure out exactly what you're in for if you were to be hired.
5) "What is my future team like?"
The modern workplace is typically one that's highly collaborative, so you need to get a good understanding of what your future teammates are like, according to The Interview Guys. Ideally, there will be an opportunity to meet with at least some of the people with whom you'll be working, but it's always a good idea to get a mental picture of what working with your team will really be like.
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