Go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Making it this far into the interview is a testament to your adequately laid out resume and cover letter, networking, and your company research. You know that the interview has gone well so far and you’ve made yourself look like the ideal candidate for the position by answering questions accurately, and articulating why you’d be a great fit. There’s only one part left: your questions.
It might not seem like an essential part of the interview, but it’s more important than you think. Your interviewer is going to gain significant insight into how you are as an employee and how invested you are in securing the position by the questions that you ask. Below are a series of questions categorized into critical areas. Keep in mind that you don’t need to ask all questions, and settling for one from each area is more than enough.
Show You Did Your Homework
While you were doing your research, it’s likely that you uncovered some crucial and recent information regarding the business’s developments, such as an upcoming new product release. It’s a good idea to ask a question that shows you did your research.
- How do you plan on targeting your key demographic for the upcoming release of your new product?
Look at the Bigger Picture
You can easily impress your interviewer by displaying that you’re not just interested in the current happenings of the company but also the future. This shows that you are looking for more than just a short-term gig.
- How is this position relevant to the company’s strategy?
- What are the company’s goals for the next five years?
Show You Are There to Work
As soon as the interview starts, your potential boss is already trying to determine if you’d be successful at the job. Asking questions that show the interviewer that you’re interested in knowing precisely what the company expects from you should give your potential boss an impression that says you deliver results.
- What is expected of me during the first month?
- How is success measured for this position?
- What challenges come with this position?
- Who would you deem good mentors for me in this position and why?
Develop a Connection with Your Potential Boss
Sometimes figuring out your interviewer’s personality during an interview can be difficult but your future employer needs to be able to trust you. If you take a few moments to ask questions that help build rapport, you could end up heightening your chance of getting the job.
- What is it about this company that made you want to work here?
- What can you tell me about your style of leadership?
- How has your previous work experience influenced your present position? (Bonus: If you share common professional or educational background, build on that.)
Look at the Next Steps
Ultimately, your goal is to eradicate any doubts that either you or your potential boss may have. The best way to do that is by leaving no room for error and addressing all hesitations or doubts.
- Do you have any doubts regarding my fit for this job? (This question can give you the opportunity to redirect any doubts to your advantage.)
- What are your next steps and is there a timeframe for the decision?
With any luck, the next step is going to lead to you getting a job offer for the position that you’ve been seeking. As long as your questions are answered confidently, there’s a good chance that you’ve made a great impression with your display of critical thinking, employer engagement, and your understanding of both the company and the position. Always take the time to come up with at least five strategic questions before heading into your interview. With the right inquiries under your belt, any company would be lucky to have you; there’s no question about it.