If you want to be a truly great, memorable candidate when interviewing for a job, you will likely need to ask some ‘wow’-inducing questions during your interview. Such great questions are usually very well-researched, tailored, and also demonstrate your enthusiasm and work ethic.
Remember, most of the candidates will be asking questions about the role and you want to make sure your questions that will help you to stand out from the rest. The last thing you probably want is to get caught off-guard when the hiring manager ends the interview with “Do you have any questions for me?”.
1. I understand that this role will consist of (fill in job duties here). Ideally, what would you like me to accomplish in the role’s first year?
This shows enthusiasm, positivity and an understanding of the role. It also shows that you have prepared for the interview.
2. From what you know about me so far, how well do you think I will fit into the team?
Asking about the team shows that you understand the importance of adapting to the group. It also shows that you’re aware of the importance of team work and office culture. Hopefully, the answer will be positive, and if the interviewer isn’t sure, it’ll give you the chance to show them that you do possess the right qualities. This is a good opportunity to assess how the interview is going and put your interviewers at ease if they have any doubts.
3. I’m aware that employees have recently done presentations at (fill in specific name here) conference. Is that a typical opportunity in this job?
This shows eagerness and an interest in going above and beyond your day-to-day work. It also shows that you have done research on the company and that you are up-to-date with industry news.
4. How would you describe an ideal employee?
Here you’ll get an idea as to whether or not you are a good fit for the company. It also shows that you are eager to please and to meet their expectations.
Make sure you only ask a question if you are truly interested in the answer. Use your question time as an opportunity to work out if this is a company you want to work for.