“Do you have any questions?”…
The standard ask at the end of most interviews. Sometimes it can be hard to think of anything to say, but a cleverly thought through question can shed you in a positive light and give you a good chance of getting that dream job. Asking the right question can also give you a good insight into the role you might be accepting. Interviews are as much about you making sure that you’re right for the company as they are about an interviewer finding the right candidate.
In this article, we’ll supply you with some great questions to ask your interviewer when they ask you the inevitable.
“What do you like about working here?”
As well as making sure your interviewer knows that you are interested in the organisation, the answer to this question will give you a good insight into what it’s like to work for this company. Don’t forget that interviewing is about matching an organisation to a staff member. It is not just important that the interviewer feels you are a good fit for the role, but for you to do a great job, you must feel that this is the role for you, too. This question is a good way of finding out what qualities this organisation has to offer.
If you’re looking to move on from your current role then you’re likely looking for a new job that is going to make you happy. The answer to this question, as well as the interviewer’s body language and expression, will give you a good idea of how satisfied people are at the company and whether it’s somewhere you could see yourself working.
“What aspirations do you have for the person who fills this role?”
If you really care about your professional growth, you’ll want to know whether there is anyway for you to progress if you accept a job offer. Is there an opportunity for training and development or a promotion in the future? What opportunity is there for you to make your mark on this company and grow in your career? The answer to this question will not only give you a good foresight into your potential future, but it will also let your interviewer know that you are a serious professional who is looking to progress.
Interviewers are always looking for staff who are going to be proactive as well as reactive, so here you are letting your potential new seniors know that you are interested in achieving their aspirations.
“How does this job fit into the overall mission of the company?”
If you are a strategic thinker, you’ll no doubt want to know how your role will contribute to the overall objectives of the organisation. This will be extremely important to whoever is interviewing you because they’re likely to be in senior management. A senior manager’s primary purpose is to make sure that all teams are working towards the overall business goals at all times, so hiring someone who recognises the importance of this is going to help them out greatly.
“What are the next steps?”
Your interviewer will typically answer this question by letting you know when you can expect to hear from them, which is vital information for you anyway, but this question has the added benefit of letting them know that you are keen to be successful at the interview stage. Make it clear here that you are eager to know what is going to happen next because you are excited to move forward. This will cement your enthusiasm in the minds of your interviewers.
“Can you tell me a little bit about the team I might be working with?”
Another important question. Your interviewer is likely to reveal valuable information to you when describing the team you’ll be working alongside. That information can help you greatly if you’re given the position. This question shows your interviewer that you’re already thinking about teamwork and dynamics, two factors that will no doubt be extremely important to them because they are most certainly looking for someone who is going to fit in and work well with existing colleagues.
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