Attention, Fresh Grads: Here are the Best Questions to Ask in Your First Job Interview

by Arianne Merez for   |  Nov 15, 2022
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Most job seekers spend much of their time preparinghow to answer questions during job interviewsthat they forget to ask for clarifications and details about the role they're applying for.

While job interviews are a way for companies to check your suitability for a position, it also serves as an opportunity for job seekers to assess whether the company is the right one for them.

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What questions should you ask during a job interview?

Ideally, LinkedIn suggests that job seekers ask around two or three questions to the hiring manager to show that they're a serious candidate who thinks of an array of factors involved in a job instead of just the compensation. When given an opportunity to ask questions, don't hesitate to ask.

"Don't ever say that you don't have any questions. You can always think of something to engage them further and show off your skills," interview coach Aimee Bateman said.

Here are questions you should ask the hiring manager during a job interview according to JobStreet Philippines and LinkedIn:

What's a typical day like for this role?

While companies often post descriptions for job openings, it pays off to know the daily expectations and routine for the role.

Get a better picture of what the role is and the requirement by asking the hiring manager what a typical day is like for the role you're applying for. This would help you assess whether the role is a good fit for your skills and preferences. After all, you'd be working with the company daily in the event that you get hired.


Are there opportunities for growth in this role?

Career development possibilities, and learning and skills training are among the top 10 priorities for Filipino workers based on JobStreet's Decoding Global Talent Report 2021. 

Asking this question shows hiring managers that you are interested in growing your career with the company and that you're motivated to learn more and develop your skills. This also gives you an insight into whether the role fits your personal career goals.

What are the main challenges of this role?

All job roles have challenges, that's why it's important to know the problems that you would or could face should you get the role so you could prepare better.

Asking this question also shows that you're an eager candidate who looks forward to contributing to the company. Consider it a red flag if the hiring manager tells you that you won't face any challenges with the role, otherwise they would not need to fill the position in the first place.

Understanding the main challenges of the role also allows you to assess whether your skills are up to the responsibilities of the job.

Should I be chosen for this role, what is the first thing I can do to really add value to the company?

Asking this question shows the hiring manager that you take your career seriously and that you're looking at staying long with the company.

"It invites them to start talking about the role in more detail, and you can come up with your solutions. And again, they're positioning you in the role, adding value, almost immediately," interview coach Bateman said.

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What are some of the issues the team is facing that need to be worked on?

Asking about the issues that the team is facing is an opportunity for you to propose solutions and make suggestions to the hiring manager so you can set yourself apart from other job applicants.

Make sure however that you research issues that the company is facing before you ask this question so you can prepare your proposed solutions too. Making suggestions also gives the hiring manager an idea of you in the role.

How would you describe the work environment here?

Get an insight into what it's like to be part of the company you're applying to by asking about the work environment. How the hiring manager answers this question gives you an idea of the company culture and the way employees do business in the company.

This gives you an opportunity to assess also whether you'd be a good fit in the company and if you'd like to be a part of it.

Summarize the role and ask if you'd miss anything

To show that you understand the role you're applying for, summarize it before the interview ends and ask the interviewer if you'd miss anything.

You can start off by saying: "To summarize, this role requires ..."

"It shows that you really understand the role and the impact that role has on the other areas of the business," Bateman said.

"It gives them the opportunity to talk about the role in more detail, and for you to express what areas you know you could have real impact with," she added.


Asking questions during job interviews is not just a way to know more about the role and the company, it's also an avenue for job seekers to show off their skills and personality so they can stand out in the competitive market.

Also read:Job-Hunting in the City: How to Take Back Your 'Yes' to an Offer

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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