During a job interview, you don’t just want to sell yourself. We sometimes forget about it because of all our nerves, but it is also the time for you to find out if you and the company are a match. Not only that: proactivity and asking questions give the interviewer the idea that you are really interested in the job.
It is therefore clear that you also have to ask questions yourself during a job interview. But what do you ask? During a job interview, so much new information is fired at you that it can be difficult to come up with a question if the interviewer asks if you have any questions.
Questions to ask during a job interview
Therefore, think in advance what you would like to know about the company and the role. These are five examples of questions you can ask yourself during a job interview.
1. How important is personal development within the company?
What are the possibilities for personal development in the organization? Is this encouraged? Is there a budget? It is important to know this for your happiness at work. In addition, it lets the potential employer know that you are eager to learn and want to grow with the company.
2. What would an average working day look like to me?
Asking this question in the interview is more important than you might think at first. From the answer to this question you can determine whether the expectations you have of the job correspond with the actual job.
3. What do you like most about working for this company?
Asking this question during the job interview has two advantages. First, you show interest in the person in front of you. It gives you an edge over the candidates who are only concerned with themselves. But besides that, it often gives you a good idea of the culture of the company.
4. Is there anything else on my resume that makes you doubt whether I would be a good match for the position or company?
Not only does this show that you are interested in the job, it also gives you the opportunity to dispel any doubts you may have. When you understand and cannot refute the doubts, it is also a sign to you that you may not be the right person for the job. Finally, this question is a good way to find out if you stand a chance. The more enthusiastic they are, the more likely you have had a good job interview.
5. What are the next steps in the application process?
By asking this question you subtly let the interviewer know that you are happy with the next steps and that you are thinking ahead. In addition, it is of course also just nice to know how the process will continue after this job interview.
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Tessa Ham is an editor at WorkJuice.nl and writes for Metro about career and money.
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