You’ve spent the past hour explaining to your potential employer what skills, experience, and passion you have for the job. However, when the hiring manager wraps up the interview by asking if you have any questions, you freeze because you completely forgot to prepare for this part of the interview. Don’t worry, because we’ve all been there, and I’m here to help. These are the 5 questions you should ask at every interview. Ask these questions before leaving your next interview, and they will not only make you look prepared and invested in the position but will also give you some brownie points with your interviewer!
What makes you proud to work at this company?
We spend majority of our time at work, and no one wants to spend that time being miserable. If your interviewer quickly answers and seems genuine, that’s a good sign. However, if there’s a large pause, and the answer isn’t genuine, that’s a problem. Attitudes in the workplace are super contagious, and everyone wants to be welcomed with a positive one. So if you’re surround yourself with people who would rather be anywhere else, you may start to share the same opinion. Asking this question allows you to see how satisfied current employees are, which is something that should be a factor in accepting the job.
Why did this position become available?
Maybe the previous employee got fired because the expectations of the position were too high. Or maybe the person retired, which could mean this job is really great! Asking this question may give you information about the job or company itself. It may also give you more information on the job responsibilities and any challenges you could encounter.
What does a typical day look like in this position?
Sure you’ve read the job description a million times but it only tells you so much. Usually outdated, the descriptions aren’t always 100% accurate. So knowing what you would be doing everyday is a huge advantage! This also allows you to share any relevant experience you have or to explain why you would be the perfect person for the job.
Based on our discussion, are there any reasons I might not be the first choice for this position?
This may seem like a scary question to ask, but think about it this way. If there’s something that is a concern, it’ll be used as a deciding factor later. If you can address their concerns, and give examples about why they should feel differently, you might have just put yourself at the top of the list. This also shows a lot of initiative and is something that may set you apart from other candidates.
What is the next part of the interview process?
So, the interview is over, and you aced every question you were asked. You’re walking out to your car and you remember: what now!? This is maybe one of the most stressful parts of an interview and we’ve all experienced it. So instead of spending time constantly worrying until you hear back, get a straight answer. By asking what’s next, you know what to expect and potentially save yourself the headache of rethinking your entire interview. This also lets your employer know how invested you are in the position and might make a difference later.
No matter how flustered or nervous you get, try to remember to ask some genuine questions before leaving your next interview. Think of questions about the position, company, or the specific job opening, that can’t be found online or elsewhere. Take any opportunities to show the interviewer why you’re perfect for this position and why they’d be lucky to have you. Make sure you keep these questions in mind and you’ll definitely leave an impression, and maybe even get you the job!
What are some questions you always ask at the end of an interview? Leave comments below!