At the conclusion of a job interview the recruiter and/or manager will usually ask if, “you have any questions?”. This is arguably one of the most important parts of the interview. Many candidates perform well when answering the standard set of behavioral and situational questions. This often leaves the recruiters and hiring managers to consider other factors in the decision making process. One of the first places they look is to the questions you asked them. Some people ask questions that can easily be found on the company website, not good. Others may ask questions about lunch breaks and vacations, also not good. These are self serving questions and don’t add any value to the conversation.
Employers want to hear questions that convey a deeper understanding of the company or position and its place in the current market. They want to hear questions that reassure them that you’re carefully considering the decision to join their company and want to get a better understanding of topics that aren’t found in the job description or website. Following are a few great questions to ask during your next interview. Some may come across as a little more bold than others so use discretion and gauge the temperament of those interviewing you to ensure you ask the best suited questions.
“How has (the company’s) product impacted you directly?” This question demonstrates that you’re passionate about the products your employer sells. It shows that you want to work for a company with quality products that make a positive impact on people’s lives.
“How would my role affect the business in the short-, medium- and long-term?” This questions conveys that you’re eager to make an impact and that you also would like some more detailed information about the role.
“What made you want to join (the company)” This questions shows that you respect the opinion of the interviewer and want to understand some of the practical and /or unobvious reasons to join.
“What gets people out of bed and excites them about coming to work? This is a down to earth style question. It shows that you want to love the role and company you choose and would like some more information about the driving factors, encouraging benefits and other perks on tap.
“What are the biggest trouble-spots you’re hoping the person in this position can help you with?” There will be times that this information is provided during the interview or can be generally understood from the job description and/or website. If that is the case you may want to adjust the questions to demonstrate this understanding. For example, “I understand that development time is an area in need of improvement, is that accurate?
“What are your organization’s strengths and weaknesses compared to your competition?” This is certainly a more common question, therefore, you should absolutely lead by suggestion a couple strengths and couple weaknesses and then asking for clarification to continue the dialog.