An interview is as much an opportunity for you to learn about a potential employer as it is an evaluation of you by said employer. If you approach this meeting as a two way street with information flowing in both directions you’ll be in a much better position following this meeting.
If you’re interviewing for a new position, you’re either unemployed or looking for a better opportunity than what you have now. In order to know if this new employer is the right place for you, it’s vital to bring some questions for them. Although each unique opportunity will warrant unique interview questions, here are a few ideas to get you started that are pretty universal to any interviewee.
What are your goals for the (job title) to accomplish upon beginning work?
Not only will this question give you a good idea of whether your skills match what the employer wishes to get done, it will also show your ambition to succeed wherever you are.
What do you see as some of the greatest challenges the person in this position will face?
The reason a company is hiring is because they have a problem they are trying to solve. Knowing this information will give you a head start on solving it upon your first day.
What growth opportunities could I hope to achieve in working with you?
Employers don’t want to fill a position with a stagnant person. Knowing where your career can go will enable you to know if you could be there for a long time and will show your new employer a great value.
Are there opportunities to gain more education while working at (company)?
An employee who increases their value during their tenure is what every employer strives for in adding a staff member. And of course more education will always benefit you in your career.
Where do you see the company in the next 5-10 years?
Showing an interest in the overall success of the company will show you’re someone who sees the big picture beyond just the position you’re applying for. This will also give you an idea of the ambitions of the company and if it’s a place you can see yourself in the future.
These questions can give you a good overview of the opportunity and will show your interest in becoming a valuable member of their team. In addition to these, it will be good to ask some specific technical questions regarding the individual role you’re interviewing for.