It's common knowledge that not asking questions during an interview will not get you the job, but what questions will put you ahead of the others? We're here to give you the questions you need to ask in your next interview. Below, you'll find the tried and true inquiries that will start a fruitful conversation, help you make a decision, and get you the job offer:
- What is the top priority the person in this position must accomplish in the first 30 days? What about the first 90?- This question shows you are looking ahead and are full of strategy. It also shows how you perceive deadlines. On the other hand, it also shows what is important to the employer in a future hire.
- Who will I be working closest with on a day-to-day basis?- Wanting to know this will paint you as a team player. Teamwork could be a major component of this job, and this will tell you that. It also shifts the conversation to someone other than yourself, giving you time to frame up your next question.
- Who will I report to directly?- When you ask this question, don't be afraid to go further and ask more questions about how the company is organized. It will help you to know this from day one of working there and will also give you a better picture of who you need to meet still before being hired. If your interviewer isn't your future boss, take the proactive approach and find out more about him or her.
- Why did you come to this company?- If you want to learn more about the company behind the scenes, there is no better question to ask. You'll also build a rapport with your interviewer, and that could lead to a memorable conversation. Remember, you want your interviewer to remember you in a positive light.
- Who previously held this position and why are they no longer here?- Asking this question will allow you to take a peek at how you will be accessed in the future and see why someone would leave this company. Once you know how they evaluated the former employee, you can size yourself up in this position. If you remind them of the previous employee, that may not necessarily be a good thing.
- What makes the difference between a good employee and a great one?- This one will demonstrate to the interviewer that you like going above and beyond what is expected of you in a job. It shows you're not afraid of a challenge and you want to continue to improve. It will also tell you how the employer ranks skillsets and characteristics.
- Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?- This is your last chance to convince them that you are perfect for the position. If they have any doubts, put them to rest. They may imply a concern instead of coming right out and saying it, so pay close attention to how they answer. Give examples, if you have to, to wipe out any uncertainty. In the end, ask them if there is anything you can do to ease their concern because it might be something you can easily do in the moment.
- What is the next step in the hiring process?- The employer's answer will give you a clue as to how you did and will open up room for further questions about your competition. Let the interviewer know right away about your interest in the job and the company. Don't be timid about this. Make it known that you will be following up and if they discourage you from doing so, take that as a hint that you have not won them over. If you get the line, "don't call us, we'll call you," then be aware that you're probably not on the top of their list.
Now take these questions with you on your next interview
These are all great questions to ask, and they can be supplemented with other ones that interest you, but make sure you don't ask anything that can't be found on their company website. They expect you to do the research if you're interested, so don't ask the obvious questions. Your interviewer will not be impressed.
When you go to the interview, don't be afraid to stick a list of questions you want to ask in your folder with your resume. This will take away some nerves instead of fumbling to remember the questions. If you can try to stay away from reading right off the sheet, it is preferred, but have it in case you need it. It's better to have them there to read than to miss out on asking a great question. Apply to one of our jobs below if you want to start testing out your new interview questions.