You can have all the skills and references in the world but when it comes the interview, your performance matters. Eventually the spotlight will be turned on you, and if you haven’t prepared the right questions, you can spoil your chances at getting the job. So what are the best questions to ask at an interview? These 10 questions will be more than enough to impress any hiring manager and get you the vital information you need.
If you could describe the culture of the team in as few words as possible, what would they be?
40 plus hours a week is a long time to spend with a group of people, so why wouldn’t you want to know what they are like? Plus, if you are asking this question to a department manager, it will show you a glimpse of how his or her mind works.
What is the first project I will be working on?
This may be answered during the process but if it has not, you will want to know what you will be working on once you take the position. Plus, it will show that you are ready and eager to dive into projects right away.
What is the greatest challenge that new hires face here?
Hiring managers want to see how you will react to certain hardships. Asking this question will allow them to throw one at you, giving you ample opportunity to show them how you would topple it.
Where does this company/department want to be in the next five years?
This multipurpose interview question is the perfect example of your dedication to a long term position with the company. It shows that you are thinking long term and will give you a good idea as to what the future has in store for the company.
How would I fit into that picture?
This follow up question has a great effect on how the hiring manager sees you. It asks him or her to actually place you on the team and envision you working for the company. Furthermore, it will give you an idea as to whether or not this position will offer you any growth opportunities.
What new skills do you see me learning while working here?
Another great investment question that not only shows you want to stay with the company but fully intend on growing as a professional as well. Plus, why would you want to work with a company that is not going to invest in your future?
What first excited you about this company?
It is rarely advisable to get personal with the hiring manager, but this question strikes the perfect balance between professional and personal opinion. Hiring managers are usually very open to sharing this type of information, which can give you a subjective view of the company.
How will hiring someone for this position help the company as a whole?
Another great subjective question that also shows the hiring manager that you are interested in making the company a better place. It shows your willingness to improve yourself and those around you.
Is there anything about myself that you feel needs clarification?
Leaving yourself a second chance to explain anything that may have been passed over during the interview is a great idea. This question gives the hiring manager the chance to tie up any loose ends.
What’s the best way to contact you if I should have any more questions?
Not the most interesting question in the world, but no interview should be concluded without it. It will tell you whether or not it is okay to call or email the hiring manager as a follow up to the interview.
These are just a few of the interview questions that could be the difference maker in getting you the job. The trick is deciding which ones will be most effective to ask different hiring managers. Our recruiters have information about dozens of companies in your area. Give them a call to get your job search started today.
By Kevin Withers