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Questions to Ask During an Interview

Questions to Ask During an Interview

Author: SNI Companies/Tuesday, November 16, 2021/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Picture this: you’ve reached the end of the interview, having successfully answered all the questions thrown your way, when you are asked the final question, “Do you have any questions for us?” It’s fairly common for most interviews to end this way, so along with doing your research ahead of time and prepping for common interview questions, you should also have prepared some questions for you to ask. In today’s blog, we’ll highlight some of the best questions you can ask during an interview which will give you more insight into the job and company culture, as well as show the interviewer you’re interested in the role and care about landing the position.

 

What would a typical day look like?

Getting a clearer idea of what a typical workday would be in the new role will help you determine if it’s a good fit for your skillset and if you’d be spending your time doing what you enjoy. It may be that on paper the role sounds great, but when you’re given an example day you realize you’d be spending your time doing tasks you don’t enjoy.

 

Who’s your ideal candidate for this role, and how do I compare?

When a hiring manager posts a job, they usually have an ideal person for the role in their mind. Find out how you compare to that vision, what you’re possibly missing, and see if you can clear up anything to help the interviewer see that you would be a good fit for the role.

 

What’s the best thing about working here?

If the interviewer isn’t able to sell you on the idea of working at the company, that could be a pretty big red flag. If you ask this question, it will hopefully be met with some great examples. You want to work at a company whose values and mission are in-line with what you’re looking for.

 

What’s the history of this position?

You want to make sure you’ll be successful in your new role, so it’s important to find out why the position is available and why the person previously doing the job is no longer there. If it’s a role that no one has yet to be successful in, or isn’t clearly defined, that can also be reason for concern.

 

How do you evaluate success here?

You’ll want to know what metrics the company uses to measure success so you can be ready to hit the ground running should you get the position. This will give you an idea of what expectations they have for the role and insight into how you can best achieve them.

 

What are the next steps?

Before leaving, try to find out what the next steps will be. Ask the interviewer when you should expect to hear back from them or if they plan on having a second interview with you. This will show them you’re eager about the role, and for you, it will provide a better idea if you should continue to interview with other companies in the meantime.

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