By mike t. • October 18, 2018

What Should You Ask Employers in an Interview?

 While interviewing for a job, you usually get a chance to ask questions about your new potential position. Surprisingly, many people don't take advantage of this opportunity to obtain additional information. Here are some of the things you should say when they ask, do you have any questions?


Interviewing Candidates

 "What Are Your Core Values?"

Sometimes your preliminary research can lead you to the core values of a company, but other times you will have to ask and find out. The core values are significant for a successful business to follow, and it's often a mantra that everyone in the company must comply to. By finding this information out, you can determine quickly if this is a company with values you stand by and whether you see yourself as a fit within the company culture.

 “What is the Career Path For Someone in This Role?"

Knowing where you fit within the position and company vision is integral to your success. A mindset of wanting to know more about the long-term prospects will enable you to find a job that you can grow within. Skills that will be taught and information about where the interviewers see your role will also help you to see if this job is a proper fit.

 "What are the Expectations for the Role and What Does Success Look Like to You?"

How do you know if you've been doing a great job? Often times you can go into a new job not knowing what you are being measured on and what is expected of you. Usually, onboarding with that information comes after you accept the position, but what if you are unsure this job is the right one for you? This question can give you an idea of expectations and measures of success within the role and allow you to feel more comfortable with what's coming if you accept the position.

 "Why is This Position Available?

Finding out if this is a new position or if you will be replacing someone can give you insight about the company and the real need for the job to be filled. Was this a newly created role or are you replacing someone? Was the previous person in the job let go or did they leave the job on their own? You may not get an answer to these direct questions, but you will still be able to find out more about why they are looking to fill this position and their responses to this question can tell you more about the state of the company.

 "What is the Best Part About Working in This Position?"

The response from this question and the reaction of the person who is interviewing you can be interpreted to help you better understand the culture of the company. Difficulty in answering this question could be a flag that either your interviewer is unprepared or that the position itself has other issues that may not have been discussed. Managers should be able to say at least 1 great thing about working in the job and with the company.

These questions are just baselines for helping you to develop your own responses that mean something to you and your needs. Take the time to come into an interview prepared and ask the company hiring you more information to understand what you are getting into with the job and the business.