When you're in a job interview, you expect to answer the hiring manager's questions about yourself and the position. Smart candidates know that they should also expect to ask questions of their own.
"Going into an interview armed with some questions for your interviewer is an excellent way to show that you are interested in the position [and] understand the role, [and to] provide insight into your personality and gain an insider's perspective on the corporate culture," said Luis Salazar, CEO of job search platform Jobaline. "After all, interviewing is not just about determining if you're a good fit for the company, but also to find out if it's a good fit for you."
While the standard, "What's a typical day like here?" and, "How would you describe your company culture?" are fine to ask, you can stand out from other job seekers by asking unique, insightful questions that ultimately serve to reinforce your fit for the role. Salazar and Travis Furlow, head of client services at recruitment and talent management company Alexander Mann Solutions, shared seven good ones to have up your sleeve for your next interview. [4 Surefire Ways to Impress a Hiring Manager]
What qualities are most important to succeed in this role? This question demonstrates that you are interested in performing at a high level for the company, and are willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
How would my job affect the business in the short and long term? Asking this question shows you want to contribute to the future of the company and help it achieve its goals.
What challenges should I expect in the role? Knowledge of the position's complexities should give you an idea of what you can work on to succeed, and asking conveys confidence in your ability to overcome obstacles and handle greater responsibility.
What do you love most about your job? This serves the same purpose as the "company culture" question, but poses it in such a way that you can connect with the interviewer on a personal level.
What would your employees say about your leadership style? Again, this question gives you an inside look at the company culture, but also shows that you're interested in getting to know the interviewer as a person.
How have you been able to progress your career here? One of the top factors many job seekers consider when choosing a position is whether there are sufficient growth opportunities at the company. Asking the interviewer how he or she has advanced there should give you an idea of how important training, mentorship and career development are to the employer.
What is the one piece of advice you would offer to me, if I earn the opportunity to join this organization? Whether you get the job or not, this question is beneficial to you. If you're hired, you already have a tip to help you hit the ground running on day one. If you aren't, you have something to take with you into your next new job.