You applied to this great company you’ve had your sights on for a long time, and after a long waiting period – which felt like holding your breath – you finally receive a follow-up email. Look who responded, the one you thought had gotten away – they believe you have a lot to offer and would like to arrange a meeting with you.
Isn’t that great?
It definitely is.
You have prepared you are prepared. Haven read and reread your resume, prepared apt answers for all possible Behavioral Interview questions they could throw at you, plus you’ve done extensive research – enough to have you believe you know your prospective company down to the T.
So why are you nervous? You elect to have one last rehearsal with a friend of yours, and just before you both call it a wrap, she asks, ‘Do you have any questions for me?’
Flustered, you blurt, What could I possibly ask you?
A job interview is like a date – except that it’s a very formal date. And you wouldn’t call a date a successful outing if the other person talked and kept talking about themselves and did not pause even once to ask you questions about yourself. He was not interested in me would be your first thought. Talked about himself all night!
In the same light, asking questions during an interview is a sure-fire way to let your interview panel know you are invested in the company.
To quote Thebalance careers, “A finalist that neglects to prepare and ask questions during an interview misses opportunities to impress the hiring manager and to gather more information that will inform the decision to accept a job offer.”
Asking well-thought-out questions tells your interviewer these three things:
- You have done your research
2. There’s genuine interest for the company
3. You’ve got brains.
Asking questions is always the curtain-call of an interview. However, when an interview has concluded, and you are not asked, do you have any questions for us? You can always punch in, thank you, I had a pleasant time learning about your company culture. However, before we go, I have a few questions of my own, which would help prepare me, if I do happen to land this role, for life at company XYZ.
If you are wondering what are the best questions to ask at the end of an interview? Don’t worry. We have listed below some good questions to ask during an interview.
- Is there a structured training program for new hires in this role?
- Outside my team, what other teams would I be collaborating with?
- Excellent performance for this role is measured on what metrics?
- I noticed the company spends so much on _____. Why Is That?
- What were some of the challenges faced by the previous occupier of this role?
- Are there any clarifications you would like to have in respect of my qualifications?
- What does a typical day look like?
- What are the most immediate projects that someone in this position would be focused on?
- Do you have a performance based reward system? What types of rewards do you offer employees?
- What is the work schedule like? Is it flexible?
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