Landing a job in 2022 is going to require more than just a stellar resume and cover letter. You'll also need to be prepared with some great questions to ask your interviewer. Our recruiters put together the following list of the best questions to ask at a job interview in 2022. Let's get started!
Questions to Ask About the Job
The interview with the hiring manager and colleagues will give you the chance to learn more about the actual position. Use this opportunity to ask questions about the role to better understand if you want it. Here are some questions to consider asking to assess the opportunity:
What are the immediate projects that this person will tackle?
Is this a new position or back-fill?
Has this role changed through the pandemic?
What are the expected changes for this role through the next 1 year?
What skills are you hoping for in the person that starts in this role?
What resources are dedicated to this position to make sure the person can do the job?
What does the onboarding look like?
Questions to Ask About Growth Opportunities
You are interviewing for a specific job and you need to show that you want that position. But, you may also see that job as an opportunity to get your foot in the door at the company. Here are some questions to consider asking in the interview to better assess whether there is actually an opportunity for growth in the role:
What training opportunities are there for this role?
Does the company offer reimbursement for certifications or courses outside of the required training?
Has the company continued to provide training through the pandemic?
What are the typical growth paths for people that start in this role?
Does the company have cross-training or mentorship programs?
Do people actually participate in mentorship programs or tuition reimbursement programs?
Has the company rewarded or promoted people after they complete additional degrees or certifications?
Questions to Ask About How the Position will be Evaluated
Learn more about how the company or person will measure the person in the role to better understand if the opportunity is right for you. This will also give you a better sense of whether you can succeed in the position. Here are some questions to gauge the ways that the role may be evaluated:
What are some of the immediate challenges for the person in this role?
How is performance measured in the first 1 year?
What does the review process look like at the company?
Beyond the typical review, what other opportunities are there to monitor and improve performance in the role?
What are the immediate metrics for this role? Have those changed in the last 12 months?
Do people typically achieve their performance goals on this team?
Questions to Ask About the Interviewer
Asking questions about the person that is interviewing you can be a great way to learn more about the people that you could work with if you land the job. That first-hand perspective can be a great way to better understand the organization and your potential team. Here are some questions to consider asking your interviewer:
What do you like least about working here?
How do you feel the company did through the pandemic?
What changes have you seen at the company since you started?
What do you wish that you knew when you started here?
Why are you still working at this company?
What are you hoping for in your role over the next 12 months?
Questions to Ask About the Team
Use the interview to learn more about the team that the position works with. Asking questions during your interview will help to better gauge whether this role is a fit for you.
Who does this role report to?
Did this team work remotely during the pandemic?
How has the team changed since 2020?
What are the expected challenges for this team in the next 1 year?
Tell me about the other people on the team.
What other departments or people does this role work with?
What are the opportunities to interact with other departments and people in the organization?
Are you planning to hire more people for this team in the next 1 year?
What are the gaps on the current team?
Questions to Ask About the Company
The interview is a chance to learn the inside of the company. Use this opportunity to ask questions about the organization that you can't Google. Here are some questions to ask when you get the chance:
How does the company plan to position itself in light of ______
The industry appears to have gone through a shift in the past few years. Tell me more about how the company is navigating this transition.
What do you see as the company's biggest challenge in the next 12 months?
What are the biggest opportunities for the organization in the next 1 year?
How does this team fit into the company's strategic plan?
What are the plans for growth in the next 12 months, 3 years?
Questions to Ask About the Culture
Company and team culture are the key factors to making an opportunity to work. You can bet that the company is evaluating you for fit with their culture. You should do the same by asking some of the following questions about the culture:
How have the team interacted through the pandemic?
What has the company done to engage its employees through COVID?
How did the company adapt through the uncertainties of the pandemic?
Does the team interact outside of the scheduled meetings?
What types of things does the company do to give back?
How are the employees encouraged to participate in the community efforts?
Do people on the team travel together for projects?
How much do you collaborate with people on projects? Or, is it more independent?
Questions to Ask About Next Steps
The final question that everyone should ask in their job interview is about the next steps in the process. Here are some questions to help set the tone and to create clarity in those next steps:
Do you have any concerns about me as a candidate?
What are the next steps in this process?
Can I answer any other questions for you?
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