A good interview is more than creative answers back to a prospective employer. You should always come prepared so that once the tables have turned to you, you are ready to inquire and impress. Every interview ends with the same question, “do you have any questions for me?” and all too often the response is “no”.
This is a great opportunity for you to make a lasting and positive impression, and it’s one of the interviewer’s tools to determine if you’re interested in the role. Not having questions is a sign of a lack of engagement.
An interview isn’t just a chance for a recruiter or hiring manager to ask you questions, it’s also your chance to shine with thoughtful inquiries about the person interviewing you, the company, and what it’s like to work for the company, to determine if this is an opportunity that’s right for you.
Proposing a good interview question gives you the opportunity to set yourself apart from other candidates by exhibiting how well you prepared for the meeting, and helps the interviewer gain a better understanding of your fit in the role. Don’t ask questions that are easily found on a website or those that have already been answered during the interview, ask questions that will help you provide clarity to uncertainty and to uncover any red flags.
Below are 5 questions to give you an example and inspire some of your own questions. We definitely don’t suggest asking all of them rapid-fire. It’s likely that some of the questions you come in with will be covered during the course of your interview, and you can weave in questions as you go.
And when the inevitable, “So, do you have any questions for me?” part of the interview arrives, use these questions to ensure you’ve covered your bases.
- Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
- Can you tell me more about the team I will be working with?
- What are some mutually beneficial growth opportunities that you can see for someone like me?
- What are the biggest challenges/opportunities facing the company/department right now?
- Are there any concerns you have regarding my application that I can resolve right now?
The questions you’ll ask a recruiter versus the questions you would ask a hiring manager will likely differ. As a candidate being interviewed, you can leverage this to learn more about the company and the internal staff (your potential co-workers or managers.) Here are some questions tailored to ask a recruiter:
- Who would I be reporting to, what are they like?
- Can you provide your perspective on the company, the culture, and the people?
- Can you tell me a bit more about what industry you specialize in?
- Do you have any other positions available that are suitable for my experience?
- Will you provide insight on what the industry market looks like right now?
- Do you have any tips to improve my resume?
These questions display that you’re highly invested in the job and committed to understanding your prospects as a candidate, and they will also allow you an opportunity to respond to any potential concerns or opportunities. Be sure to incorporate the above interview questions throughout your conversation to ensure success.