Four Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

By Canadajobs.com Staff

A job interview is the opportunity for a company to determine if your skills and experience are a good fit for the position they have open. It's also a good chance for you to see if you are a good fit for the company. You'll likely have questions about the company and how they work, and you'll get some of your answers during the interview. You should be prepared to ask some questions of the interviewer yourself, usually at the end of the job interview. Try to think of questions that you are genuinely interested in hearing the answer to. Make sure questions are relevant and about the company or position.

If you can't think of any questions you'd like to ask, here are a few and why you should ask them.

What is it like working for this company? What is the culture like?

You want to work for a company that has a similar mindset as you. You also want to know how the employees are treated. This open-ended question is a great way to get a feel for the company through the interviewer. If you don't get a very positive vibe, consider it a sign.

Can you describe an average or typical day in this position?

This is a great question that helps define the position for you. You'll get an idea of how much time is expected to be spent on different tasks and what tasks you should be familiar with. The answer to this question will also help you decide if you really want this job.

How do you see this position evolving in the future?

This will give you a good idea of what your role is in the company and what your opportunities for growth are while performing this job. If you are looking for a job that will allow you to move up and take on more responsibility, you need to know that. You also need to know if the position looks like it will never evolve to anything more than it is.

How soon do you expect to make a hiring decision?

This is a great question to ask towards the end of the interview. It gives you a time frame on which to base your follow-up calls and an idea on when to move on. It's important to know when they'll be hiring because you likely have other job prospects you are pursing and you need to be able to evaluate them accordingly.

Asking the right questions at a job interview is a chance for you to get a feel for the company and the position. By asking questions, you appear interested in the job and you tell the interviewer you have put time and effort into determining if you are a good fit for this job.


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