Top 5 Questions To Ask Interviewers

As I mention from time to time, this site is not just about the STAR Method. This site exists to help you make it through you next interview successfully. I want to prepare you as best I can so you have the best chance of acing your next interview and getting that job you really want or need.

Within each interview there are generally three parts. The first part is the introduction. This is where you get to know each other a little bit and go over the specifics of the job you are interviewing for. Second, there is the interview. This is what you have been preparing for and where you can let your knowledge of the STAR Method shine.

Finally, we come to the portion that I like to call the reverse interview. This is where the interviewer sits back and asks if you have any questions for them. While this may seem innocuous enough, it’s a trap. If you’re not prepared to ask questions and turn the table on the interviewer it will show them a lot about you. So today I want to cover my Top 5 Questions to Ask Interviewers.

What is a typical day/week like?

This is just a question that will help you gain more job specific information. Knowing the flow of a typical day can give you a better idea of knowing whether or not this job is really for you.

Is this a new position? If not, why did the previous employee go on to do?

This is a big one. If it’s a new position then it will probably be an interesting ride for you. There is no precedent so the job could take you anywhere. If the previous employee was promoted, this is good to hear. It’s always nice to keep your opportunity for advancement open. On the other hand, if the previous employee quit or was fired, this could be a big red flag. Try to get as much information about this situation as possible, but there is a good chance your interviewer will not want to share much of this.

Is there opportunity for advancement? What position(s) might I be looking to advance to?

While I always like to ask this question, you do have to be careful with it. You don’t want to seem too eager, like you’re not actually interested in the position you’re applying for and only using it to climb the ladder. But you want to make sure that the opportunity is there. Nobody likes the thought of being stuck in a dead end job.

If I have a question about or problem with my supervisor is there someone I can talk to? How would a situation like this be resolved?

Somewhere down the line there is a good chance that you’ll run into issues with your supervisor or just other co-workers. It’s good to know if you have an outlet for these issues and frustrations and even better to know that someone is there to take action if that be the case.

If I need time off for a family issue, how would I make that happen?

Even if you don’t have a family right now it’s good to know where they stand on this issue. If they provide you with some flexibility here you should not run into a lot of problems down the road. Family-oriented management is always a good thing.

There you have it. My Top 5 Questions to Ask Interviewers. Next week I’ll be covering the questions you should NOT ask interviewers. Be sure to come back then!

Category: For Employees, Interview Preparation, Top 5