Good Questions To Ask In An Interview
There are good questions to ask in an interview when it is your turn to address the manager. Having questions to ask the company shows that you did some research and prepared for your interview. So here are some good questions to ask in an interview to help improve your chances of getting the job.
- "What are the company's plans for growth over the next five years? This is a spin on the interviewer asking you "Where do you see yourself in five years?" With this question you are trying to find out two things. The first is where the position you are interviewing for fits into the company's future plans. The other is how well the company has planned their future growth. If the company does not have a plan for growth, then you may want to move on.
- "Why do you like working here?" If you get the canned company line answer on this one with statements such as "I like the people" or "It is a good company to work for" then you may want to reconsider working for that company. This is one of the good questions to ask in an interview because it is not something the manager can prepare for and will give you an honest evaluation of the manager's opinion of the company.
- "Why is this position available?" The position you are interviewing for could be vacant because it is a great place for people who are looking to move up in the company to get started. It could also be vacant because the company cannot keep people in the position. If the position offers little room for advancement, then the manager may dance around that answer. What you want to hear in this instance is a direct and positive answer about the position and its potential future.
- "Who would I report to in this position?" A company with a complicated hierarchy can be bad to get into. If the position you are interviewing for has three or four potential managers, then it is not something you want to be involved in. A direct chain of command with a manager you can become interactive with is important to your success.
- "Why should I work for you?" This is the manager's chance to summarize the position, the potential for advancement and the positive attributes of the company all in one statement. All you are doing here is listening for any inconsistencies in this answer from the answer for previous questions, and any new information that you had not heard before.