At some point in every job interview, the hiring manager will allow you to ask questions. Typically, this comes at the end of the interview, but you might be offered a chance to ask them earlier in the meeting. Either way, when your turn comes, you should be prepared to ask questions that will help you determine whether or not you want to be a part of this organization.
For your part, it’s important to ask questions since it’s a way to show your enthusiasm for the position and the company you’re hoping to join.
Sometimes with the anxiety of the interview, however, you might draw a blank when the interviewer asks: “Do you have any questions for me?” That’s why it’s best to have a few questions prepared in advance. There is no shortage of good ones from which to choose, so here are just a few you could consider:
“Who would be the ideal candidate for this position, and how do I compare?”
This question can immediately tell you if your skills match up with what the company wants. If they don’t, you probably don’t need to waste any more time pursuing this job.
“What challenges could someone expect of this position?”
If the hiring manager says, “There aren’t too many,” there may be problems you’ll be dealing with that they don’t wish to reveal. Proceed with caution.
“What do you like most about working for this company?”
If the interviewer talks enthusiastically about the best parts of working in the organization, that’s a positive sign. If not, you also need to take note of that.
“If you were to hire me, what could I expect in my day-to-day responsibilities?”
This question serves two purposes: it shows your enthusiasm for the job, and it gives you a clearer idea of what your days would be like and whether that sounds like something you want to pursue.
“In addition to the technical skills required to perform this job successfully, what soft skills would benefit the company and position?”
Knowing which soft skills the company believes are important can give you insight into its culture and values. It’s an opportunity to determine whether you would be a fit for the organization.
“Do you have any qualms about my qualifications?”
While this question indicates a strong interest in the job, it also makes you vulnerable. More importantly, however, it shows you are confident enough to discuss your weaknesses and respond to any concerns.
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