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Some questions for you to ask at the end of job interviews

Interviewing for a job is not typically something people enjoy. There’s a lot of pressure to say the right thing and it often feels like one wrong move can mean you’re out of the running. We’re not here to try to make the point that job interviews can be fun. But we are here to tell you that the pressure shouldn’t all be on you. That’s right. A better way to approach the process is with the understanding that you’re interviewing a future employer as much as they’re interviewing you. You both want to find the right fit. That’s why throughout the interview, you should be asking them questions. And, at the end of the interview, when the employer often asks if you have any questions, you should be ready to go. Here are some end-of-interview questions to ask.

How has this role evolved? You want to know if this is a dead-end position or not. This question will get them talking.

How would you describe the workplace culture? As Money reports, if the answer to this seems odd or doesn’t align with what you’re hoping for, you’ll know the job isn’t for you.

How are you better than your competitors? Every company knows who their number one competitor is and if they’re beating them. Asking about about this shows you want to be the best too.

What have past staffers done to succeed in this role? Asking this question will give you a heads up on how the company expects the role to be executed.

How do I compare to the ideal candidate for this job? This is a tough question to ask, but it’s a good way to see how you stack up against your competition. If what the interviewer says doesn’t sound like you, you’re likely in trouble. However, if it does sound like you, perhaps you’re about to get an offer.

Chris O'Shea

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