So you’ve landed the job interview and you’re all set to answer those interview questions that will put you at the top of the hiring list. But what about that final question so often asked by interviewers – “do you have any questions for us?”
A perfect opportunity to show that you are an excellent candidate for the job, having a few well-thought-out questions on hand for your potential employer gives you the chance to show them that you have spent time and effort getting to know their business and that you take this opportunity to be recruited by them seriously. It’s also a chance to further showcase your qualifications and skills. This can go a long way to making a lasting positive impression on the interviewer and increasing your chances of interview success.
A selection of questions to ask your potential employer:
How would you describe a typical day in this position? This question can give you insight into the day-to-day responsibilities of the role and help you determine whether it would be a good fit for you. It also shows interest in the workings of the company.
What qualities do your most successful employees have? This question gives you a chance to learn more about the company’s culture and to emphasise any of your qualities or skills that might fit in with the existing team.
What are the prospects for growth and development in this role? Helpful for planning your career path, this question also shows interviewers that you are eager to learn and grow, a valuable asset in companies looking to develop their talent pool.
What are the biggest challenges facing the company right now? Not only will this give you insight into the true state of the company, helping to manage your expectations of the role, it shows drive and initiative.
If you hire me, what’s the biggest thing you’d like to see me accomplish in my first month? This question reflects a positive, can-do attitude as well as the desire to get the job done right. It will also give you a clearer idea of the employer’s expectations and areas in which you can excel or contribute early on.
Would you like to know anything more about me / my qualifications / my experience? This question shows the interviewer that you have nothing to hide (especially about concerns such as a gap in your CV) and gives them an opportunity to explore your experience and expertise further.
Bonus tip – avoid the following types of questions:
Anything too obvious such as facts that could be found out by searching the company website and that you should know the answer to before attending the interview. For example, when the company was founded. This line of questioning could make you seem unprepared.
Sticking with one focus or topic. If you only focus on only one aspect of the company or your potential position, you might seem overly self-focused or as if you have issues with certain aspects of work (such as salary or benefits) and this could raise a red flag for a potential employer.
Personal questions about the interviewer. Establishing good rapport with the person who is interviewing you is fine but it’s important to remember that this person is not your friend and you do not have the right to their personal information, especially when it comes to factors such as their race, gender, or religion.
Not having questions to ask at the end of your interview might make you seem uninterested or unprepared. So, the ability to ask the right questions is just one of many skills you can develop to help you land your dream job. Need help with the recruitment and interview process? Looking for a new career path? At Lee Botti and Associates, we help candidates and employers find their perfect match. While we specialise in the areas of supply chain, logistics, and travel recruitment, our expert team has a wide-ranging skill set and have been carefully trained to identify the right employees for the right positions. Get in touch and let us help you find the perfect job for you.