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Interviewing is a Two-Way Street

Interviewing is a Two-Way Street

Preparing for an interview is crucial because you need to be comfortable in answering the questions asked by your interviewer. On the other hand, being prepared to ask questions as the interviewee is equally important. Remember, you are interviewing them as well. It’s a two-way street.

Typically at the end of an interview, an interviewer will ask, “Do you have any questions for us?” Answers you should never say are, “no” or “not that I can think of.” Interviewing the company to make sure the position is suitable for you is just as essential as them determining if you are the ideal candidate for the position. You need to be prepared with specific questions to ask about your responsibilities within the role as well as questions regarding the company. This will also reiterate to the employer that you are serious about the position and your future with the company. Be sure not to ask any questions that have already been covered during the interview.

Here are some questions you should be asking during your interview to make sure the position is the perfect fit for you:

  1. Why was this position created?
  2. Who will I work directly with?
  3. What are the expected results you want from this role on day 30, 60, 90?
  4. What are some of the challenges this position will face?
  5. What training is involved for this role?
  6. What does a typical day consist of?
  7. Why did you choose this company?
  8. What have you enjoyed most about working here?
  9. How would you describe the day-to-day culture on your team?
  10. How would you describe the work environment?
  11. What are the qualities of successful managers in this company?
  12. Are there many opportunities for professional development within the company?
  13. What are the next steps after this interview?