You’ve found an opening for your perfect job. But first you need to ace the interview.
After confidently answering your interviewer’s questions, you can tell she’s impressed with your extensive knowledge and experience.
Will you get an offer? Mid-interview, all signs point to yes.
But before any other moves are made, that awkward moment arrives when your interviewer asks, “So, do you have any questions for us?”
Honestly, no. You did your due diligence prior to the interview. The company’s online resources and reputation told you everything you wanted to know. Which is why you’re so jazzed about the position.
But if your goal is to impress, you should never say “Nope, no questions!”
So you need some. Even if you think you won’t really care about their answers.
And the questions you choose to ask now are as important as the answers you provided earlier in the interview. So in order to make a lasting impression on your potential boss, you want to have two or three thought-provoking questions ready to go.
Here’s a list of nine popular questions to consider asking your interviewer. These questions will not only make a good impression, but they could also provide valuable info about the company.
1. “What is your favorite part of your job and what do you find most challenging?”
I’ve always gotten good results with this question, because even though our positions are different, it provides insight to the inner workings of the company beyond just the position for which you are interviewing. It also shows you are interested in what they do, not just what you’ll be doing. A side bonus: people love to talk about themselves.
2. “Are there any skills you don’t currently see that you’d like to have in the company?”
This can give you an even better idea of what characteristics are already present in the company and what they are looking for beyond general qualifications. It may even offer you the chance to illustrate how your skill set applies.
3. “In your opinion, what is the most important part of this job?”
Knowing the most important parts of the position can give you an idea of what you’ll primarily be concerned with should you get the job as well as helping prioritizing your duties. If you’ve been provided with a generic job outline or description, this question will help draw out your future boss’ perspective of what’s most important.
4. “Could you give me a typical walk-through of a day or week of this position?”
Knowledge always alleviates stress and understanding the flow of a typical day will prepare you for it.
5. “Why is the position open?”
The answer to this question gives you a deeper look at the company. Perhaps the firm is growing, or the previous person was promoted, or you might discover hints of an issue with employee turnover. Any of which is helpful info.
6. “How would you describe your management style?”
You want to get to know your potential boss as much as possible during the interview to discern if you will be able to flourish under her leadership.
7. “What particular things on my resume or in my cover letter gave you the impression I would be a good candidate for this position?”
This one give you a general idea of their impression and specifically, what skills and experiences you will need to draw from should you get the position to be successful.
8. “Do you have any concerns about my potential success in this position?”
Contrary to question #7, this one gives you an idea about any reservations your interviewer may have and show you potentially how you size up against other potential candidates. It may also give you the opportunity to explain these perceived weaknesses or illustrate ways in which it could actually be a positive trait.
9. “How does this position fit in with the overall goals of the company?”
Finally, this one will give you an idea of how you personally will fit in with what the company is trying to achieve and how you will be able to help them meet these goals.
So as you prepare for your upcoming interview, you’re sure to knock their socks off with a few impressive questions. Good luck!
Author Bio Catie Keeler is the primary researcher and writer for mortgagerates.info. Her most recent accomplishments include graduating from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a degree in business and communications. Her current focus for the site involves daily mortgage rates and 15 year mortgages.
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