A large proportion of job seekers focus all their efforts on answering interview questions that they forget the importance of asking questions too.
When it is time to ask questions, it is essential the questions you ask confirm your interest in the company and showcase your enthusiasm and intelligence as a candidate. If you decide to not ask the interviewer any questions you risk coming across as passive or uninterested.
Being inquisitive in the interview will help you stand out from the crowd and can help you make sure the job is a right fit for you.
- Ask questions that are specific to your role
To ensure you are asking questions relevant to your role make sure you have read the job description fully and then see if there are any areas you would like to find out more about.
- What do you see as the main reason individuals in this role succeed more than others in their first month?
- What are the main traits the most successful employees have shown?
- What are likely to be the most challenging aspects of the role?
- Show enthusiasm about the future goals of the company
Finding out the company aspirations for the next 3 to 5 years shows you are interested in the company’s long-term goals and what opportunities there will be down the line for yourself.
- What aspirations do you have for the company in the next 3 to 5 years?
- Global expansion? Will there be opportunities to work abroad?
- Make it clear that you are a highly ambitious and success driven individual
Having an entrepreneurial, proactive attitude will show to the interviewers you are focused on securing a career that allows you to further develop and grow your skill set.
- How quickly can I develop here?
- How do you see this position evolving in the next 3 years?
- What new skills can I hope to learn?
- Don’t be afraid to show interest in the interviewers own experience at the company
You can impress the panel by researching the interviewers’ career histories and ask about their own experience at the company.
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
- How would you describe the company’s culture?
- What has been your most memorable moment here?
- Make it clear what you want
Without coming across over confident make it clear based on what you have heard, you are looking to progress with this company and are keen to progress to the next stage. If anything this will give you an indication of their interest level and help speed up the process.
- What are the next steps of the interview process?
- Do you have any reservations about whether I am suited to this position?
- How many people are in the running for the position?