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5 Questions to Ask the Interviewer

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As your interview is wrapping up, more often than not, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions for them. Of course, you should always come prepared with at least a few to ask. Otherwise, they may feel that you are no longer interested in the position. So, just what types of questions should you ask? Generally, as long as you avoid asking questions regarding salary and benefits, there really is not a bad question to ask. Here are a few to help you get started.

  1. What do you feel separates your company from your competitors? – This question has many benefits. First, it allows you to gain a better understanding of what the company's goals and objectives are. Secondly, it allows the employer to "brag" about the organization. Third, it allows you to gain perspective on the company's positioning and what it's like working there. You can judge the quality of the response given by the interviewer's enthusiasm in the answer.
  2. What are some of the challenges within this role? – Of course, this position isn't going to be a cake walk, and most positions have set challenges associated with them. This question shows the employer that you understand that there will be challenges associated with the role, but also gives you a chance to have a better understanding of them prior to accepting the position.
  3. What are the expectations of the position within the first (30 days, 90 days, year)? – Who would want to take on a position where they were not aware of what was expected of them? This is a completely fair question to ask and allows you to get a better understanding of the immediate goals and future objectives of the role.
  4. If hired, how will my performance be evaluated? – This question can go hand in hand with the previous question. The great majority of companies have an evaluation process for their employees. This allows you to better understand their evaluation process, and, if used in conjunction with the previous question, allows the employer to better define the objectives.
  5. What are the next steps in the process? – One of the hardest aspects of this stage of the job search is the wait and anticipation of hearing back from the employer. This question allows you to gain a better understanding of where they are in the process, if there are more interviews that may be coming up, and when you can hope to hear back.

These questions are here to help you get started but are by no means a full list. Additional questions regarding the position and/or organization are great to ask. The Career Services department is here to assist you with interview preparation.

Interested in more posts on job search related topics? Check out our Career Development blog.

If you're a current AIU student or alumnus looking for more career advice, please contact the Career Services Department at 877-221-5800 Option 5 or at