It is often expected of an interviewee to be ready with questions to ask at the end of an interview. In fact, saying you have no questions can often be a red flag for an employer as it shows you haven’t prepared or put much thought into the position or company. It’s likely that you will source questions as the interview goes on, but it’s smart to always have a list of about three to five questions to ask as well.
What is Expected of This Position in the First 6 Months?
According to Laurie Bloom, recruiter at The Goodkind Group, asking what is expected in the first six months is a great way to better understand your day-to-day responsibilities. She also suggests asking where the role will take you in two to three years but advises candidates to be careful about the way they word this question. “There is a careful line between showing that you want to grow within an organization and talking yourself out of that job and onto the next move,” says Bloom. “I always tell people to be careful and understand the position they’re interviewing for and to be excited for that position, not the possible position to come.”
What Qualities Would I Need to Excel at this Role?
During the interview, you will likely discuss the day-to-day of the role and the main tasks associated with it. When it’s time to ask your questions at the end of the interview, it’s usually okay to go a bit further into the position and ask about what qualities are expected for the role. “You’re already educated about what’s expected so you can speak more intelligently and go a little deeper into the position,” says Bloom. Once they answer the question, you’ll be able to explain how your own qualities match up with their needs.
Where is the Company Headed in the Next 3-5 Years?
Your position is important and it’s smart to stay focused on your role, but your interviewer is often looking at the bigger picture: how this role will help the company overall. Focus in on their level of thinking and ask about the company and where it is headed. If it’s a major corporation, you may wonder about hiring or partnerships, while for a smaller company, you may focus on expansions or movement. Either way, this question shows that you are interested in seeing the company, not just your position, grow and flourish.
What is Your Favorite Part About Working Here?
Asking something a bit more personal can often lead to a lot of insight about the company. A great way to do this is by asking the interviewer why they like working at the company or what their favorite part of their role is. Not only are you letting the interviewer have a bit of time to speak about themselves, but you can also get a better sense of the company culture and the overall happiness of the employees.
What are the Next Steps?
Some candidates are afraid to ask this question for the chance that they will sound too eager or over confident that they nailed the interview. The opposite is true though. Asking this question shows managers that you are ready to start this job and are passionate about doing what it takes to ensure that you do. On the other hand, it’s important to know next steps for your own sake so you can be prepared for what’s to come.
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