10 smart questions to ask your interviewer

So you’ve landed an interview – well done! Impress your interviewer with intelligent questions, and you’ll be one step closer to bagging that job.

After all your hard work to get here, don’t be caught unaware without a list of questions to ask your interviewer at the end – they’ll be expecting them.

A job interview is a two-way street: you want to learn about them as much as they learn about you. After all, this could be the place where you spend the majority of your waking hours, so you want to make sure it’s not the office from hell.

Here are the ten essential questions to ask at the end of your interview.

1. How would you describe the work culture here?

This question will give you a better idea of whether the company is actually one you’d like to work for. It will also give the interviewer a chance to loosen up a bit and make a more personal connection to you.

2. What would a typical day look like for me?

Find out all the details of what your boss expects from you on a daily basis, so if (when) you get the job you’ll be prepared to conquer the workload and exceed all their expectations.

3. Can you tell me a bit about the team I would be working with?

A crucial question for the low down on your potential colleagues. You’ll find out if you would be working with like-minded people your own age, or learning from veterans with tons of experience.

4. How has the company changed since you joined?

This one is particularly impressive because it shows you’re interested in the company and the progress they’ve made over the years. It tells the interviewer that you’re invested in the mission of the company, and gives them a chance to brag a bit about their own accomplishments.

5. What do you think are the biggest challenges for the person in this role?

As much as you want to know about the perks of the job, it’s important to also be prepared for the less attractive parts of the role. That way you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into and be able to decide if it’s something you really want to do.

6. In what way is performance measured and reviewed?

This question shows that you understand the importance of delivering real results, and show the interviewer that you’re serious, committed and reliable.

7. How do you see this position evolving over the next few years?

Be forward thinking and show the interviewer that you’re in it for the long term. This one is especially good if you’re joining a start-up or growing company.

8. What types of training opportunities do you offer?

Show that you enjoy learning and are keen to pick up any skills necessary to be amazing at your job.

9. Do you have any doubts about whether I am a good fit for this position?

This one is quite ballsy, but one of the most effective. It shows that you’re open to constructive criticism and gives you a chance to address any concerns they might have before it’s too late. It also allows you to end on a high note by re-stating why you’re the right person for the job.

10. What is the next step in the interview process?

Wrap it up by confirming when you can expect to hear back from them, and when you should follow up by if you don’t. Hopefully by this point they’ll be inviting you to a second interview, or even offering you the job!