When you are interviewing for a position, traditionally, you will be the one answering the questions, not asking them. However, your interview should be just as much about whether the company a good fit for you, as it is about whether or not you are a good fit for the company.
At the end of the interview, you will likely be asked, “Are there any questions you have for me?” or some variation of that. Saying that you have no questions could make you look too passive and uninterested, and asking the wrong questions, such as only inquiring about compensation or benefits, could indicate to the interviewer that you are interested in the position for the “wrong” reasons. Instead, ask the following to ensure the job you’re interviewing for is the one, while positioning you to come across as a truly interested candidate looking to add value to the organization.
- What can you tell me about the company’s culture?
- What would your current employees say are the best and worst things about working here?
- What challenges could I expect to encounter in this role?
- How would you expect someone as myself to do better in this role than its previous occupant?
- How do you see this company advancing or evolving over the next three to five years?
These questions allow you to get a feel for not only how the company aligns with your day to day life, by asking about culture, challenges, and expectations, but also how it fits into your larger career goals, by inquiring about the future of the company—and you’ll seem interested in more than just the salary.
Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.