Have you gotten hired into a role only to find out in a couple of weeks or months it was not a good fit for you? That can be so miserable including the prospect of needing to be in a job search again. If you are currently in a job search, do you want to make sure that you do your due diligence as optimally as possible?

Coming up with good questions to ask in an interview is incredibly important. Interviewing is a two-way street. You are trying to gauge if the position and organization are a good fit for you, as well as vice-versa.
However, many candidates don’t bother to prepare questions. Or if they do, they aren’t asking the right questions.

Here are top questions to ask in an interview, as well as what they will tell you about the job:
Top Question to Ask the Interviewer #1
What do you like about working here?
This question can be very telling. It’s a pretty simple question. But it’s not easy to answer. IIf you ask this question in an interview, look for red flags like vague or short answers. Study facial expressions. You can tell how honest people are being based on their body language. If you are getting mixed or short responses, this can be a major red flag.

Top Question to Ask the Interviewer #2
What types of professional development opportunities are available?
This question can be asked in lieu of “what type of training will be available,” which can indicate that you need extra hand-holding or that you are not well prepared or adequately trained for the job.
By asking about professional development opportunities, what you are really asking is: do you value your employees? If an employer has training and development programs and opportunities already in place, this is a positive sign in that it shows they care about their employees growth and overall satisfaction. If the organization is smaller or newer and they don’t yet have programs or protocol, you might want to ask a follow-up question like “are employees encouraged to attend training and professional development events?”

Top Question to Ask the Interviewer #3
What are the top skills you feel are necessary for success in this role?
By asking this question in an interview, you are essentially putting the ball back into the employer’s court. You’re quickly getting at exactly what they are looking for in a future employee. Based on the answers you are given, you can include information about how your background and skills are a match in your thank you letter, or you can even insert a quick one or two-line response that reiterates how you possess their top three skills.

Top Question to Ask the Interviewer #4
Who will I be reporting to and what is their management style?
Your manager or supervisor will have a big impact on your success and level of satisfaction in your job. Be sure to read between the lines. What someone says is just as important if not more important than what they don’t say.
Does your future boss talk about communication and collaboration? Do they seem easy going and like your type of people? If you get a weird feeling, don’t ignore it. I’m not saying don’t take the job, but maybe try to talk to someone already working in the company, or read some anonymous reviews.

Top Question to Ask the Interviewer #5
Are there opportunities for growth down the road?
If you are ambitious and progression is a concern, this question is essential! Even if you don’t see yourself on the fast track, it’s important to know what long-term opportunity is available in relation to the position for which you are applying. If you get a vague answer, your position might be considered more short-term or perhaps there’s not much room for growth. If you’re okay with this, then great. But if you want to use the position to transition into something else, you might want to re-think your plan.

Top Question to Ask the Interviewer #6
What are the most challenging aspects of the job?
In other words, is there anything I should know about this job that might make me go running for the hills? The employer is obviously not going to say the job is horrible and why are you even applying for it, etc etc. But if their response is overly negative, that’s a red flag.

Preparing at least five or six well thought out questions for the end of your interview will put you more in control of the situation. If you have a bad gut feeling after an interview it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t take the job if it’s offered. Maybe you just need to do some more research on the company. If you do your due diligence, you will feel confident you are making the best decision if you receive a job offer!
I hope you enjoy and get value out of this week’s round-up of curated articles just for you that I know are providing the best of the best in the areas of Job Search, Career Transition/Exploration, Career Advancement/Leadership Development and Work-Life Balance/ Mindfulness.

I would love your feedback because this really is for you. If you have requests of what you would like to see or want to ask me any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

If I can be of further support to you, let’s have a conversation. Here is a link to get on my calendar: www.michelebrant.com/call.

Have a great week. I will be sending positive energy your way.

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