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By Audrey Korir

Yes! You are on your way to landing your next job. After making numerous job applications you are finally scheduled for an interview.

You have made the necessary preparations and ensured that you have all the right answers for any question that the interviewer may ask.

But wait…….

Did you stop to think that your potential employer may require you to ask them questions as well?

Surprised?

You shouldn’t.  Employers do this to gauge your interest in the position and see what you can bring to the table. They are not just interested in workers who will simply perform well.

I know you are probably wondering, “But what kind of questions should I ask?” Well, don’t panic! Have a look at these questions to ask in an interview;

What’s a typical day in this role?

Job descriptions are often used to peak interest in a position. Sometimes the intricate details are left out.

Asking this question in an interview helps you determine what you’re going to be doing and what is expected of you.

It also shows that as a candidate you are detail-oriented, like to know all the facts before making a decision and are not afraid to ask the difficult questions.

What is the most challenging/favorite part of your job?

It is important to get a sense of your interviewer’s opinions about working there.  It gives you insight into how the working environment of the company is and the kind of challenges to expect.

How is success measured in this position?

One of the most crucial things that you need to understand is how a company measures success.  What are the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) of the role?  How and how often are they measured?

Describe the company’s culture?

Are you a perfect fit for this company? Asking this question during the interview helps you understand the culture and dynamics of the company and gauge whether you will be comfortable working there.

Where do you see the company in 5 years?

If you plan on staying on the job for several years, make sure the company is growing so that you can grow with them.

Besides, do you want to work for a company that will lay off its workers soon?

The stability of a job is an important aspect that one should look into before accepting any offer.

Are there opportunities for career growth and development?

Does the company offer professional training to its staff? Is there any form of mentoring that goes on? Posing this question to the interviewer shows that you want to grow rather than stagnate in your career.

What are the next steps in the interview process?

This question shows that you are eager to move forward in the process. It will also help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can follow up appropriately.

Conclusively,

An interview is a two-way street, preparing questions to ask in an interview is just as important as preparing to answer the questions the employer will ask you.  Take your time and be thoughtful with your answers and questions.

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