You might be the one getting interviewed for a job or internship, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be asking some questions too. Asking these questions not only make you sound intelligent and interested, but they will help you decide if the position is right for you.
1. Do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications?
This is the perfect opportunity for you to clear up any gaps on your resume. It gives you the chance to explain why there was a summer you didn’t work (you were traveling or volunteering) or why you only spent a few months at a position (maybe you went back to school or had a new opportunity that made you leave early). Clearing up any doubts, and showing that you are confident in your experience, might just land you the job.
2. What have you enjoyed most about working here?
Who doesn’t love talking about themselves? You will learn a lot about the interviewer as well as the work environment. If the interviewer talks about being able to work independently when you like to work as a part of a team, you might realize this company isn’t the best fit for you.
3. What are the qualities of someone who would be successful in this position?
You are opening the door to further talk about your past experiences and how they would translate to you being a good fit for this job. Also, if they say a person has to be detail oriented or excellent at Excel and you know that’s not you, it might be a red flag…or something you should work on before you start.
4. What are some challenges that will face the person in this position?
Here is your reality check. You might find out that this person is expected to work odd hours or has a tight, small budget. There are drawbacks to every job, but the interviewer isn’t going to highlight them unless you ask. At least you won’t have any surprises when you start working.
5. Do you know when I can expect to hear back from you?
This is a little awkward to ask, but you deserve to know when you can expect a decision. It’s way better than refreshing your email every five minutes or waiting for your phone to ring for days. If they don’t get back to you when they said they would, you can send a follow up email to remind them you are still interested in the position.