Questions Every Job Candidate Should Ask

The final question in any job interview seems to be “Do you have any questions?” Perhaps you’ve thought to yourself, “This is pointless. I don’t know enough to know what to ask.” You’re not the only one.

Although the majority of an interview is an evaluation of you as a candidate, interviews are also the opportunity for you to evaluate the person interviewing you and the company.  Consider asking these questions when you’re toward the end of next interview:

What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?

Be the candidate that wants to hit the ground running from day one.  You don’t want to spend an extensive amount of time figuring out the organization—you want to make an immediate impact.

What are the common attributes of your top performers?

This questions gives you a look into what it takes to be a long-term employee.  Every company is different, and so are the qualities of their top performers.  Know if you’re going to be a good fit and, if you are, figure out what it takes to be a top performer.

What are a few things that really drive results for the company?

Figure out what truly makes a difference in the company and what it takes to produce results.  Helping the company succeed means you will succeed too.

What do employees do in their spare time?

Are your potential colleagues at this company happy? Do they like what they do? Do they like the people they work with?  It’s a hard question to answer unless the company is really small, but it’s a fair assessment to determine what your chances are of fitting in.