9 killer questions candidates should ask the interviewer

You've made it to the interview and you've prepared for all the questions they are supposedly going to ask you. They start asking you questions about your background and life stories to illustrate your unique character. The interview is almost over and then they ask you the last question that you forgot about – Do you have any questions for me?

Participating in the interview is one factor, but what distinguishes candidates from the others is when they actively participate with the interviewee by asking them questions.

Before jotting all of these down, make sure you are comfortable asking the questions you have chosen otherwise your successful interview could quickly turn to an awkward one. Ending your interview as confident as you were in the beginning is an essential element to a successful interview and they will remember your self-assurance when discussing who they want to hire.

1. How would you describe the general culture of the company and the workplace?
2. Why did you choose this company?
3. Will there be any form of training provided?
4. What are some of the biggest challenges/successes facing the department currently?
5. What process will be used to evaluate my employee performance?
6. Who will be my direct supervisor?
7. Are there many opportunities for professional development within the company?
8. What is the usual time frame for making the hiring decision?
9. May I contact you if any further questions arise?

Many candidates take the wrong path and ask inappropriate questions in their first interview. As tempting as benefits and salary information is to know up front, that should only be discussed after you have been offered the position.

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