Some people consider sitting for an interview like sitting on the witness stand in court, tasked only with answering a series of questions. But the truth is that an interview should be more of a conversation, a two-way exchange with you answering some questions and asking others.

We at Masiello Employment have assisted many people in prepping for successful interviews, and here’s a round-up of our top 8 questions to ask your interviewer:

  1. How would you describe the day-to-day tasks for this position? By learning more specifics about what you’ll be doing, you can better determine if the position is right for you.
  1. What are the most important qualities you need to succeed in this position? By learning more about what’s expected of you as a co-worker, not just an employee, you’ll have an idea if you’re a good fit.
  1. What can you tell me about the people I’ll be working with? By learning more about the folks that comprise your teams, you’ll more confidently decide if their work style is a fit for you. 
  1. What can you tell me about the direct supervisor for this position? By learning about this critical component, you’ll know if you’re compatible with what might be your most important colleague.  
  1. How would you describe the company culture? By learning behind-the-scenes insight about the company’s values and principles, you’ll see if they align with your own.
  1. What opportunities and challenges does the company/department currently face? By learning more about these elements, you’ll gain an understanding of company/department focus, energy, etc. If the answer reveals lots of challenges, you might expect a more pressure-filled working environment; if the answer reveals lots of opportunities, you might expect a more ambitious working environment with more possibilities for growth and change.
  1. What do you enjoy most about your work here? By learning what a current employee enjoys about the company, you’ll better know if it’s right for you.
  1. When should I expect to hear back from you? By learning this next step, you’ll establish an expectation, and you’ll know when to reasonably reach out if you haven’t heard anything by the expected date. 

Want more interview-acing advice and job-finding insight like this? Of course you do! Give Masiello Employment a call; our recruiting team is available for a free consultation, anytime.