How to come up with some smart questions that show you’re the perfect hire?
Keep in the mind that the best questions to ask are focused, open-ended question.
Avoid yes or no questions and avoid questions that are so broad that they are difficult to answer. You don’t want to stump the interviewer when you’re trying to make a good impression and develop rapport.
Here are some proven examples of good questions to ask during a job interview:
1. Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
By asking this questions there is a chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether you were looking for this job or not. By learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered.
2. What are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
This question can often lead to valuable information that’s not in the job description. It can help you learn about the company culture and expectations so you can show that you are fit for that position.
3. What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?
Find out what your employer’s expectations are for the person in this position.
4. Describe the culture of the company.
Are you fit for this particular organization? Make sure you are comfortable with the culture and the dynamic of the company.
5. Where do you think where will you see your company headed in next 5 years?
If you plan to be in this role for several years, make sure the company is growing so you can grow with the company.
6. Who do you think is your top competitor, and why?
You should already have an idea of the company’s major competitors, but it can be useful to ask your interviewer for their thoughts. Naturally, they will be able to give you the insight you can’t find anywhere else.
7. What are the biggest opportunities company/department is facing right now?
This question shows your drive to seize the opportunity and may help you learn more about where the company will be focusing over the next several months.
8. What are the biggest challenges company/department is facing right now?
On the reverse side, you may want to ask about challenges. This question can help you uncover trends and issues in the industry and perhaps identify areas where your skills could save the day.
9. What do you like best about working for this company?
Ask about your interviewer’s personal experience for additional insight into the company’s culture.
10. What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
This question can help you learn whether the company promotes from within, and how career advancement works within the organization. By asking the question, you show your interest in growing with the organization — just be careful not to phrase it in a way that sounds too self-serving (i.e. When can I expect a raise and a promotion?).
11. How do I compare with the other candidates you’ve interviewed for this role?
This is a slightly risky choice. You don’t want to put the interviewer in an awkward position. However, if things are going well and you’ve built a strong rapport, this question can help you see if there are any concerns or issues that you could address to show why you’re the best person for the job.
12. What are the next steps in the interview process?
This question shows that you are eager to move forward in the process. It will help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can follow up easily.
Remember: Don’t ask about salary or benefits just yet. Wait until you are in the final steps of the interview process to negotiate with the hiring manager or an HR representative.
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