In preparing for an interview, you are always focused on how you come off, what your answers will say about you, how you will be evaluated by the employer and if you will get the job in the end.
Companies love to hire people who are curious and curious about the right things. They want to know that you are focused on the growth of the company and are always asking yourself the right questions when you are working for them. The questions you ask will be a direct reflection on where your head is at. It's important to be as prepared for this part of the interview as you may prepare for the part where you are simply providing them with information on you.
It's best to know your industry and ask industry related questions along with the specific logistics around your role. Here are two questions you should always ask regardless of the type of job or industry you are seeking out.
1. If I see room for improvement, will I be able to speak to someone directly about my ideas for growth?
Show them that you are interested in contributing value beyond just getting your tasks done.
Most employers will love that you will be present to the process of your job role and actively seek out ways to grow and improve. You should also know how you can implement your improvement ideas and if you will have the authority and autonomy to do so.
2. What is the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 30 days?
This question is a winner. First, you will be able to tell if the company knows what they want from you and second, you will have insight as to how you can orient yourself to start off strong right from the beginning.
Knowing what your goal is ahead of time will give you room to prepare and show the employer that you are ready and willing to be goal oriented from the first moment.
Any other questions you should ask should be directly related to logistics, scheduling, compensation, and your job role and industry.
Don't be afraid to have a long list of questions that are useful to you. Don't ask questions, simply to ask them. Ask from a place of power and ownership.