10 Questions to Ask a Company Before Joining

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Your interview is going well, then the interviewer hits you with “do you have any questions?”. Your mind goes blank as you sit there pretending to think of something before declining. Sound familiar? That’s where I can help – keep some of these questions stashed up your sleeve for such occasions and you’ll never face that awkward moment again…plus, they’re great questions that you should ask anyway, so you’re welcome!!

1. What’s the culture of the company like?

This is a great question, as it allows you to see what working at the company is like – whether they’re quite sociable and inclusive, or possibly more corporate and it’s a clock-in clock-out type of job. You get greater insight into the company’s dynamics too.

2. What would an average day in this role look like?

Asking this question allows you to gain a more in depth analysis of what you’d actually be doing on a day-to-day basis. It may be that there isn’t much change; it could be a very fixed and structured role, or it may be that each day is different to the last and it’s an ever-changing role.

3. Where do you think the company will be in 5 years time?

This shows the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the company and are curious about their future, as well as your own. It also hints that you’re wanting to be there for the long term, and that this role is not just a stepping stone in your career.

4. Who do you consider your top competitor and why?

This question can be a little risky, and some interviewers might be a bit stumped at it, however, it can help you pinpoint them in the market and who they feel they are similar to.

5. What are the biggest challenges facing the department/company right now?

Personally, this is one of my favourite questions you could ask in an interview. It shows you’re interested in the role, and wanting to know what they may be struggling with as well as offering you the opportunity to give any possible suggestions – demonstrating key problem solving skills. It also gives you greater insights into the role, company and their vulnerabilities.

6. What’s the typical career path for someone in this role? Room for progression?

This question allows you to see where you could be if offered this role. It also allows you to see whether this will be a good move for your career desires or not.

7. What are your expectations for this role in the first 3 months?

Similar to the previous question, asking what you’re expected to achieve aids in seeing where you could be and what you could be working on. It also gives you greater understanding in timelines for them and whether you’d fit in with those.

8. What are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

To understand if you’re a good fit for the role, ask them what qualities they look for in this role. You can then match them with your own and have the opportunity to show the interviewer that you possess such qualities.

9. What is your favourite thing about working for this company?

This questions puts the interviewer on the spot, asking them their personal opinion. As it’s their opinion, it’ll be more raw and honest, and will illustrate how the company is seen through the eyes of an employee.

10. What are the next steps in this process?

Finishing on this question shows you are looking forward to the next steps, that you’re keen to progress and have a genuine interest in the role.

So next time an interviewer asks if you have any questions and your mind goes blank, hit them with one of these questions…it’ll help, promise!!

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