You’re in the hot seat. You’ve just answered a dozen questions about yourself and successfully explained why you’d make a great addition to the team. You crushed it and you’re feeling good.But then the interviewer turns the tables and asks one final question: “So do you have any questions for me?”
You say, “no, not that I can think of,” or ask something that could have easily been answered with a quick Google search — and just like that, everything falls apart.
To avoid this situation, you should go to every job interview prepared with a few smart questions that will really impress the employer. Here are a few suggestions:
1. What do you like most about working for this company?
Your interviewer will tell you what they value most and you can see if you value the same things.
2. How has this position evolved?
Their response will tell you if the job is a dead end.
3. Can you give me examples of how I would collaborate with my manager?
Their response will tell you how staff members are used and and if you can showcase your skills.
4. What are the first priorities for this position?
Helps you know what to focus on if you get the job and how to make a good first impression.
5. What are the challenges of this position?
This lets you know what you’ll be facing. If they don’t list any challenges, be very suspicious.
6. What have past employees done to succeed in this position?
This gives you a good sense of how the company measures success.
7. Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?
Shows you are secure enough to discuss your weaknesses.
SOURCE: 7 Great Questions to Ask During a Job Interview” by Aaron Guerrero. U.S. News & World Report.