Interviewing the Interviewer

The interviewer takes one last glance at their notes, and begins to say “well, I think that’s about all the questions I have for you, do you have any questions for me?” At this point, you know that the hard part is over, and you can start to breathe easy. But now it’s your turn to put the employer in the hot seat! Going for an interview is just as much about interviewing the employer, as it is about being interviewed.

It’s important to ask some valuable questions of your own. Not only does it show that you’re thoughtful, prepared, and professional, but it also helps you to evaluate if the role and the company will be the right fit for you and your career goals. Interviews are a two-way street! That being said, it can be challenging to come up with meaningful questions on the spot. Take a few minutes to prepare before the interview will help to set you up for success when the ball is thrown back in your court. 

Take a peek at some great questions to keep in your back pocket for the next time it’s your turn to interview the interviewer!

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Questions About the Culture:

Always start with questions that will show your genuine interest in the company at large. Start an engaged discussion about the company culture, and the members of the team. Asking the interviewer about their personal experience with the company is always a great way to connect and begin an engaged conversation. Meaningful questions about the company and the environment are great way to showcase what motivates you, and to communicate your values and how you could be a great addition to their team.

• How long have you been with the company- What is your background?

• How would you describe the company environment or culture?

• What is your favourite thing and the most challenging thing about what you do?

• What does the company value in your team members?

• What are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

• What are the biggest challenges that your company faces- What are the challenges within this role?

• What are the opportunities for growth and development from this position?

• Where do you see the company headed in 5 years- What are the company goals moving forward?

Questions About Logistics:

It’s important to ask the simple questions- details may otherwise be overlooked! Things like compensation and benefits, office location and hours, and even the size of the company could play a crucial role in helping you to decide on your next career move. Always be polite and courteous, but don’t be afraid to ask about the logistics of the opportunity. Show that you’re curious about the company and serious about pursuing the role.

• What does the day-to-day look like for someone in this role?

• When is the expected start date?

• Is this a full time or part time role- What are the required hours? 

• Where is your office located- Do you offer parking, or are you close to public transportation?

• How many people work within your company- How large of a team would I be part of?

• What does your training process look like?

• What are the next steps in the interview process?

Interviewing the interviewer is an important and valuable part of the interview process. Next time you have the opportunity to ask your own questions in an interview, don’t shy away! Show off your confidence and your interest for the company by asking a few great questions of your own. 

These questions are just some ideas to help you prepare- Get creative and ask something interesting to finish off the interview with a bang! 

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By: Heather Murray @heatherungraceful

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