It is well established that while going through the hiring process, it is important to ask questions. It gives you a better idea of what the job entails, allows you to learn additional information, and indicates that you are fully engaged in the process. It allows you to make a good first impression. Here are 3 questions you absolutely should be asking during the hiring process.

If interviewing with a potential co-worker ask them how you can help them achieve their career goals.

Interviews can often feel one-sided when you are getting asked a ton of questions and talking about yourself a lot. Obviously, you have to do this; otherwise, the interviewer will know nothing about you. However, there is always a time and place when you should ask some questions of your own. Questions like, “What do you like most about working here?” and “What led you to your position?” are common. But a question that can really make you standout is, “How can I help you achieve your career goals?” or, if you wanted to take it down a notch, “How would I be able to make your job easier here?” By asking a question like this, you make the interview less one sided, and it’s an indicator that you are a team player who considers others.

Ask about the challenges people face on the job

At the end of an interview, it’s common to ask questions like, “What will be expected of a person in this role in their first year?” or “Down the road, are there opportunities for promotion?” These are common, yet, good questions because the answers will provide you with valuable information about the position. But an uncommon question would be, “What sort of challenges would I face in this role?” This is a different, yet honest, question. Every job brings along challenges, and it’s how a person meets the challenges that define how well they performed the role. Once the interviewer lays out a few challenges, you can bring up how you might meet those challenges through skills you have to offer, or similar experiences you had in the past and how you overcame them.

Ask individuals to clarify if you are confused or unsure about a particular part of the process

There a lot of moving parts during the hiring process. You have to know when and where to show up for interviews and submit many documents via email or in person. There are many things you need to juggle.

So, if something’s unclear, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for clarification. This will show that you are fully engaged in the process and that you want to be sure about all that is going on. It is also a reflection of how you will be on the job. It shows that you would rather be clear on something and do it right the first time rather than doing it wrong and having to repeat the process, wasting time and effort