Questions to ask during an interview
As a job seeker, no doubt, it is more than likely that you have experienced numerous interviews, been stressed and felt the nerves about how to present yourself at the interview, and even wondered the probabilities of successfully obtaining the job position. No matter if you are interviewing at a business that is family-owned, a food restaurant, a manufacturing facility, a construction site or a well-known profitable company, YOU the interviewee will most likely have been asked this question, which is, “Do you have any questions for us?” – A typical interview question!
The smart answer is “YES!” However, if you haven’t planned ahead, this question may throw you off of your game—jeopardizing the last impression you leave with the potential employer. Fear no more – check out our list below for several questions that can be asked at the end of the interview.
Question #1 – Is this a newly created position or did someone leave?This will tell you if the company is expanding and needs to add staff members or if someone voluntarily left the organization. As a follow-up if someone did leave the position, you could also ask how long that person was in that particular job.
Question #2 – What is YOUR favorite part about working here?
This is a question that you can directly ask the interviewer. If there is more than one interviewer, then you can ask each person—within reason. If you are part of a panel interview, you will want to ask each person a different question. If they can answer this question quickly and confidently, it is likely the person actually does like his or her position and you may be able to find out additional benefits of working within that organizational environment.
Question #3 – If you could design the ideal candidate for this position, what are that person’s top three strengths?
This question provides you with a way to once again identify your skill-set and how you fit that position’s needs. Again, these are questions asked near the end of the interview and this is a method for leaving a positive and lasting impression on the interviewers.
Questions #4 – When do you anticipate making a hiring decision regarding this position?
By asking this question, you reiterate your interest in the job and show the employer that are you serious about the opportunity.
These are just four examples of questions that can be asked during this crucial part of the interview process. Obviously, you do not want to bombard the organization with questions and you should also not ask questions that can be easily researched. For example, asking about the organizational mission statement is not a good idea if that information is clearly posted on the company website.