5 Questions To Ask At The End Of Your Interview
A job interview is one of the most stressful parts of the job search process. While there are some interview questions you can prepare for ahead of time, you won’t always know exactly what you’ll be asked. So it’s important to make sure you know how to answer different types of interview questions.
But thinking about the questions you want to ask is also an important step in preparing for your interview.
During my time in the corporate world, I conducted countless numbers of interviews and one of the most frustrating parts about the process was when the interview was wrapping up and the candidate didn’t ask any questions.
So when I’m working with my clients to prepare for their interview, I always tell them to have end their interview by asking intelligent, thought-provoking questions. Because not asking questions can make the interviewer think you’re unprepared and disinterested.
On the other hand, asking questions indicates you’re genuinely interested in the company, the position and shows you took the time to do your research. And it’s one of the best things you can do to stand out in your interview.
However, knowing what to ask can be challenging, so today I want to share 5 great questions you can ask at the end of your next interview.
1. Tell me about your most successful employees. What do they do differently?
Employee success looks different at every company, so knowing what it takes to be successful with the company you’re interviewing with is important. You want to have an idea of the character traits and skills that set successful employees apart, as well as kind of impact the those employees are making.
2. How does the company measure success and what does success look like in this position?
While the first question focuses more on success in the company, this question focuses on success in the specific position you’re applying for. Clarifying how your future boss or HR will measure your job performance and understanding their expectations gives you a good idea about how you can shine in your new role. This question also shows the interviewer you want to know how you can start off on the right foot and immediately make a difference.
3. What can you tell me about this company that’s not widely known and what’s one word that best describes your company?
This question may catch your interviewer off guard, but it will give you great insight into what the person really thinks about the organization and show you really want to make sure this company is the right fit for you. Asking this question allows you to get more of an “insider” perspective about working for the company. Remember, the company is putting their best foot forward in the interview as well.
4. What could I do in this role to strengthen your team dynamics and further your company’s mission?
A company is only as strong as their people. Taking the time to understand the larger impact of your position and how it can help make the company stronger shows you’re a big picture thinker. It gives you a more complete picture of the company and positions yourself as someone who’s in the position for more than just personal gain. It’s a question that’s sure to impress!
5. What, if anything, in my background gives you pause?
This can be a terrifying question to ask, but if there’s any hesitation about your work history, you want to have the opportunity to address it immediately and in person. Whatever concerns they have, it’s important to address them honestly and be positive.
For example, if they mention they’re concerned about how frequently you’ve changed positions, let them know you’ve been searching for the right fit for a long time and the past companies haven’t been the right fit, so you’ve had to make changes.
Just make sure when you leave the interview they have no question about your ability to do the job.