What skills or attributes would the ideal candidate for this job have?
While you most likely read the job description before you applied, asking this question will give you more details about the position. This will give your employer a chance to tell you exactly what they are looking for and a more in-depth description of what the job entails. Also, if your employer mentions something that you didn’t talk about, now you have a second chance.
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How do you see this position changing or growing in the next few years?
This will give you insight into where the company is moving in the future, as well as your employer’s expectations for you and how career paths at the company evolve. By asking this question, it also shows that you are interested in staying with this company for a long time and growing there.
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What have you enjoyed most about working here?
Asking this question will allow you to get to know the company and your employer on a personal level. If the person you’re interviewing with struggles to answer the question, take note, that could be a red flag that they aren’t happy with their job.
What are your company’s plans for growth? Or, what recent successes have you had?
Before asking this question, do some research on the company. Mention a recent change they made or a new product that they just launched. That will show your interest in the job and commitment to the company. This question gives your employer a chance to talk about how they have achieved their goals and where they see the company moving in the future, giving you a good idea of whether or not you’ll fit into helping reach those goals.
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What does your company value the most?
Learning about the company’s values will help you to see if you’re a good fit for the job. It also shows that you are willing to work to uphold those values. After the interview you may have an understanding for what your position entails and who your boss or manager will be, but you also want to have a feel for the company that you are representing.
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What are some new skills you think that I will learn in this position?
This question shows a few positive things. You’re signifying that you don’t know everything, but that you’re willing to learn. It also shows that you understand having the skillset is equally, if not more, important than having the knowledge or impressive resume.
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How do you measure the success of your employees?
Understanding what a strong employee looks like will give you a better understanding of what your expectations are. Asking this will also show your employer that you are serious about the job and willing to work to be successful there.
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Originally published as 7 Questions You Should Always Ask at a Job Interview on ReadersDigest.com.