With all the excitement, anxiety and anticipation surrounding a job interview, applicants often forget that it is a two-way process.
An interview is not only a chance for a potential employer to find out more about you, but also (and just as crucially) an opportunity for you to find out more about the company, position, working conditions, colleagues and much more.
So, if you are wondering how to ace a job interview, the answer is often simple: By asking the right questions.
In my experience, it is best to prepare questions prior to the interview and then add to them based on the information you receive during your conversation.
The best questions to ask at a job interview
When preparing for your interview, make sure to consider the following areas: the position itself, company, its technology stack and culture, and also your chances fo being hired. Here are some examples of good job interview questions to ask your hiring manager:
1. Who was the last person to hold the position, why did they leave and what would have made them better at the job?
2. What are the 1-, 3- and 5-year career prospects in the position?
3. How do they expect the company/team to develop within the next 1, 3, and 5 years?
4. How do they define success in the team and company?
5. What is the working environment like?
6. What is the company culture like?
7. How do people communicate within the company?
8. Do they have any remote teams? How is communication organised with them?
9. Are there any outside-of-work activities in the company?
10. What is the percentage of employees with families?
11. What technologies does the company/team use?
12. What other technologies is the team/company currently exploring?
13. Does the team have any interesting open-source contributions?
14. What is missing from your CV? (Do also consider this as a chance to show your experience and fill in any gaps)
15. Are there any questions that the interviewer feels you could provide more details/clarity on?
16. What are the next steps in the process?
Remember that the job interview questions you ask are just as important as the answers you give. They reveal to your potential employer a lot of information about you, your interests, priorities, and personality.
As such, consider what and how you will ask. Focus on the job, company, people, and opportunity. Do not focus on purely materialistic aspects of the position. Compensation will be discussed at some point later, so don't waste your valuable question time on this. It will also not leave the best impression if you are interested mainly in the money.
And be sure to stay aware of the things that you SHOULD NOT ask in a job interview.
And what are some interview questions that you usually ask?
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