5 Exceptional Questions to Ask Your Interviewer

By: Ankit Kochar, Technology

Asking the right questions during an interview not only helps you gain insights about the role and the firm, but also give you an opportunity to find your need for the role and impress the interviewer. Here are a few exceptional questions that you can ask your interviewer:

1. What are the key day-to-day responsibilities of the role?

Asking this question enables you to learn details about the role and deliverables on a day-to-day basis. The interviewer's response will provide insight into what skills and experience are needed, and will also help you decide if the role is right for you.

Gaining an idea of what the employer's expectations are will help you avoid surprises when you start, if you're offered the job.

2. How do you measure an individual's success or performance?

This is a good question to ask toward the end of a job interview because it shows potential employers that you are eager to make a positive contribution to the organisation.

Pay close attention to the response as it will tell you how they want you to perform and will highlight particular areas of the job you should be focusing on during the first few weeks of employment.

3. What are the key challenges the successful candidate will face in the first 3 months?

This very critical question will give you an understanding of what you are getting into, as well as provide you with an opportunity to impress the interviewer.

For example, the interviewer will respond with 2 to 3 challenges, and the chances are that you have overcome similar challenges or have solutions for them – this is the time to discuss how you have managed such challenges and shine in your interview.

4. Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?

The response you receive to this question will give you an insight into the company's progression plans and its place in the market, while giving you a general idea about job security. You may also get a heads-up on any major upcoming projects.

Asking about future plans shows a real interest in the organisation and reiterates your commitment to the company.

5. What do you enjoy about your job?

People often enjoy talking about themselves and this question enables you to build some camaraderie with your interviewer. This question requires a personal response, so you could learn a lot from the answer.

You'll get an insider's view of the company culture and working environment. You may even get to discover how your interviewer got their start in the business and how they progressed.

Other useful questions to ask during your interview include those about the team, company-specific projects or campaigns and the work culture

If, at the end of the interview, the employer doesn't give an indication of what happens next, a good way to wrap up is by asking what the next steps are and when you can expect to hear from them.

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With over 13 years of experience as an executive technology recruitment leader and hands-on tech recruiter, Ankit leads the technology practice which recruits across Software Engineering and Digital, Cyber Security, IT Infrastructure, Cloud and DevOps, Project Services and Change Management and Data Analytics disciplines.