It’s a tough job market out there, and when you resume does its job and gets you an interview you want to make sure you make the most of that interview.
As a candidate, one way to make a good impression is to ask good questions in the interview. Ask the right questions of the employer and you significantly increase your likelihood of being short-listed or being offered the position.
The questions you ask tell the employer a great deal about you.
What Questions to Ask? Sell Yourself Through Questions
An interview should be a two way street.
While the interviewer is going to be asking you questioned you should be taking this opportunity to sell yourself and you can do this through the questions you ask, which will show your skills, experience, and even your personality.
Asking good questions during interviews also shows a genuine interest in the position.
Good Questions to Ask the Potential Employer at an Interview
Here are some excellent questions to ask during your interview. These are proven to work and bring about a positive outcome.
1. Questions to Ask About the Company
Showing real interest in the company.
- What attracted you to the company?
- What is it you like most about working here?
- What is it you like best about the company operations?
- What do you see as the company’s strong points and weaknesses?
- What is the company’s management style?
- What do you like about the company vision?
2. Questions to Ask About the Potential for Career Growth
Showing motivation to grow and develop own career.
- Can you tell me about advancement opportunities?
- What is the company’s policy on promotion?
- What are the unique talents of the current employees?
- Who will be doing my evaluations and how often will those evaluations occur?
- What type of support will there be for me?
- What type of feedback system is used within the company?
- Who will determine what my work goals are?
- Will there be any on the job training?
- Will there be any training offered to help advance my career?
3. Questions to Ask About the Job
Seeing yourself working in the position.
- What current challenges are associated with my position? (note the use of my as if you’ve already been given the job)
- What type of assignments will I be working on during my first day? (again a reference as if you’ve been hired)
- What type of projects will I be assigned on a daily basis?
- What are the key aspects of this position from other similar positions in the company?
- What do you see as most challenging in my job?
- Whom will I be closely working with?
- Who will be part of my team?
4. Questions to Ask About the Hiring Process
It makes you a strong candidate for this job.
- How soon can I begin working?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
The Importance of Asking the Right Questions in an Interview
You may be surprised to learn the questions you ask can make or break your interview.
So important are they that we urge you to practice plenty before your interview so that they sound as natural as an everyday conversation. You want to appear relaxed and alert. You’re ready to make a lasting impression.
“Put your best questions forward.”