Questions to Ask in an Interview
Many people going into an interview are so focused on answering questions, they forget the importance of asking them. Question time is the point where the interview is turned over to interviewee. It is at this point that you have the opportunity to control the direction the interview is going. It’s important not to waste this opportunity by asking your interviewer questions without purpose. There are many things you can achieve by asking your interviewer questions- including landing the job. Keeping these goal in mind will help your formulate better questions.
One of the first things you can achieve when you ask your interviewer questions is showing your genuine interest in the company and position. When you do research before your interview and really listen to interviewer during their portion, you can create custom questions based on what you can infer from their company culture and organization. The less information revealed on their company Website and in the interview, the more questions you have to ask! Questions that highlight your interest about organization show the interviewer that you have a deeper connection to your work and that you’re not just in it for a paycheck. Some examples of these questions include:
“How does the company measure success?”
“What is great about the company culture?”
“In what ways is the company planning to grow or overcome obstacles?”
A very important goal to achieve through questioning is to make sure the interviewer thinks you’re the best fit. If you don’t end up getting the job, you won’t have a chance to ask questions after the interview like, “What was your concern with hiring me?” “What experience were you looking for that I didn’t have?” and -more importantly- at that point you will have no chance to change their mind. If you think there may be doubts the interviewer has about you (and there will be concerns for every candidate) come right out and ask them! This way, you can do your best to reassure them about things you may have otherwise not known they were worried about. This can also eliminate worries they may have about you, putting you a head above the other candidates who didn’t address these issues. Example questions include:
“Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?”
“What are your concerns for hiring someone in this position?”
“How will I know that I have met your goals?”
An often overlooked purpose to asking questions is making sure the company is a right fit for you. It’s important to be careful about the questions you ask for this one. You don’t want to ask too many questions about what you will get out of the job, as this may make them think you’re not a team player. These questions are less about what you will gain and more about how you would fit in with the company. Here are some good questions you can ask:
“Are there any opportunities for growth with this position and what does that look like?”
“What would I be doing that makes your job easier?”
“Why did you come to work here? What keeps you here?”
It’s important to prepare questions for your interview. Bring more than you are prepared to ask in case some of your questions are answered in the first portion of the interview. The more you can bring to the table, the easier it will be for the interviewer to imagine you for the position. If you need any other help, remember that we’re here for you. If you’d like to talk to someone about interviewing, don’t hesitate to contact an LA ORT advisor today. Good luck!