As a job seeker, asking questions during an interview is a sure-fire way to grab the attention of your interviewer, but it’s asking the right questions that will get you hired. The typical questions many candidates ask won’t necessarily see you securing the role, but engaging your creativity and asking questions that are left of centre, will definitely help to put you in the running.
1. What do you enjoy about working for this employer and what do you dislike?
By turning the conversation on its head and asking a question about the interviewer’s perceptions of working for the company, you’ll gain a greater deal of insight into the reality of working for a particular employer. You might catch them off guard and find they struggle to identify anything good about their employer! Alternatively, they may nominate a list of negatives that run a mile long. Either way, you’ll gain some great insight rather than simply being spoon fed only the information they’d prefer you to know.
2. What’s the most significant issue facing your staff today, and would I be in a position to help solve this problem?
This question demands insight whilst simultaneously supporting your decision making process as to whether this employer is right for you. You may ask “How large is the largest problem facing my prospective new department”? Consider the response. Is the issue something feasible to work with, or could it be a broader indication of poor management? Asking this question demonstrates that you’re forward thinking and ready to hit the ground running. It also helps the interviewer imagine you working for them.
3. What happened to the person who was previously in this position?
This may sound abrupt but asking the seemingly obvious may provide you with additional information to decide if this employer is the right fit for you. Did the previous incumbent simply resign without notice or were they promoted into a more senior role or into a different department? The outcome may assist you to identify if future career opportunities are available and if employees are truly happy.
4. Tell me about the team I’ll be working with.
By phrasing the statement in such a way as to assume you’ll be hired, you provide confirmation to the interviewer that you’re a credible candidate. You’ll also learn about the size and composition of the team, their qualifications and hopefully also about the various personality styles, particularly of those with whom you’d be working closely.
5. What’s the difference between a good employee in this position and an outstanding one?
Asking a brutally honest question such as this one, demonstrates your integrity and your desire to excel. Given there are many different ways to complete the same job, asking this question will provide you with insight into the company culture. Company culture is a key determining factor that shapes success in a particular role. What may be perceived as outstanding performance in one culture, may be nothing more than acceptable to another.
6. Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications or experience?
Asking this question may feel like taking the bull by the horns but the outcome may great assist your application. The interviewer may have concerns and by inviting them to open the table for further exploration and discussion, you may create the opportunity to provide clarification in order to allay any reservations they may have. The interviewer may not necessarily disclose their concerns but the least you can do is ask.
7. Can you tell me about an upcoming new product or plans for expansion?
Tailor this question according to the particular employer. Conduct your research beforehand and educate yourself about the latest news for the company. This proves your enthusiasm to the employer by demonstrating that you’ve spent time researching. It also provides you with the opportunity to learn the future plans of the company so you can better assess if it’s a journey you’d like to join.
By asking unique questions you’ll not only separate yourself from your competition but you’ll also prove to the interviewer that you’re a candidate deserving of serious consideration. Aim to close the interview at a point where you feel he or she has no reservations about your suitability and where you will be able to make an informed choice whether this employer is deserving of the future of your career.
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