By Cindy Schinke, Senior Consultant
The most successful interviewees approach an interview more curious to discover whether the opportunity and organization is right for them, instead of trying to prove they are the right person for the job. While asking questions can help to highlight your expertise and fit with the company, it’s important to remember these questions are also an opportunity for you to find out if the company and job are a good fit for you as well.
When the interview is coming to a close and you are asked: “Do you have any questions for us?” the worst answer you can give is “No.”
Preparing questions to ask the interviewer will help you learn what you need to know about the company to make an informed decision about whether the job or company is right for you. Here are some questions to consider:
1. What are the top priorities of this role?
Often, the job posting contains a laundry list of duties or responsibilities. Asking this question will assist in pinpointing the priorities. If the role requires you to wear different hats, ask what percentage of time is dedicated to each area.
2. What are the Top 3 biggest challenges for someone walking into this position?
Perhaps you have a solution to this you can explain. This question can help you uncover trends and issues in the industry and perhaps identify areas where your skills could save the day. The answer may provide you with the knowledge of why they need you and what needs to get done.
3. What attracted you to ABC Company?
Ask this question if the interviewer has been with the company a short time.
4. What has made you stay at ABC Company?
Ask this question if the interviewer has been with the company a long time.
These two questions can give you insight into their personal experience with the organization to help you determine if the culture is right for you.
5. What are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department right now?
This question shows your drive and enthusiasm to recognize new opportunities and may help you learn more about where the company will be focusing over the next several months.
6. What would you say are the three most important skills needed to be successful in this position?
This question can help to remind your interviewer and reinforce that you already possess many of the skills needed for the job and that you are a strong candidate.
7. What would you like to see the person in this role accomplish in their first six months to year on the job?
This type of question will show that you are future-focused and want to know what is expected. It will also help you gauge whether the company’s goals and expectations are realistic and attainable.
8. What’s the next step and when do you plan to make a decision?
This is a good and important question to end on. This question demonstrates that you are interested in moving forward in the process and will also help you gain important information about the timeline for hiring so that you can follow up appropriately.
Cindy Schinke is a Senior Consultant with Feldman Daxon Partners.
- On February 20, 2018