“Do you have any questions for us?” For most job candidates, this is a question that catches them off guard and more often than not, they say they do not have any questions.

Every job candidate needs to ask questions not only to learn about the position but to also show that they are actually interested in the job. Here are some questions you can ask your interviewer the next time you face them;

What are your expectations for this role in the first few months?
Demonstrating a desire to know the employer’s expectations paints you as a driven person who is bent on meeting your targets. It also gives you an insight into what to expect and prepare for in case you get recruited.

If I am offered the job, how soon would you like me to start?
This obviously shows that you are big on getting prepared early enough for your future tasks. It also helps you get ready for any changes that may come with the job if it is offered to you.

Where do you see the company in five or ten years?
This question helps you gauge the stability of the company you are interviewing for. This ultimately shows you whether the job ties in with your long term career goals. It also shows the employer that you are focused on growth and are not just coming in to ride the wave and go along with the flow.

What are the biggest challenges of this job?
Finding out the challenges of the job early enough helps you either prepare for them or see whether you can actually do the job if you are given the opportunity.

What do you like most about working at this company?
Asking this question forces the recruiter to talk about their personal experience with the company. From what they say, you are likely to get an insight into the culture of the company.

Is there anything I can clarify for you about myself?
You want to make sure that the interviewer has exhausted everything there is to ask you. If the interviewer asks for clarification, you get the opportunity to remind them why you should be hired.

PS. Avoid questions about salaries and questions that center around you and always remember to do your research about the company as this enables you to ask informed questions.

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