You know the scenario – it is the end of a job interview and your interviewer asks you if you have any questions. Now is the perfect time for you to showcase your leadership skills and ask relevant questions that prove that you are actively engaged in this interview process. What type of questions should you ask though?
In general, in order to give the best impression possible, it is best that you ask questions that place more weight on the company that you wish to work for – and do not focus so much on yourself. Read on to discover some great examples of questions that you can ask at your job interview:
What is the company culture like here?
This particular question is an excellent one as you gain insight into the specific “mentality” of the company. Thus, you can determine if you have the same values as the company from the interviewers’ replies. Here, you can also determine just how valued employees are to the company.
What is a typical day like for a person in this career position?
When you ask a question such as this one, you will be able to get a better feel for what you actually will be doing on a day-to-day basis for this company. For instance, you will be able to determine whether the position is a fast-paced, stressful job or one that offers a more relaxed pace.
How does this position fit in with the company’s short and long term strategy?
When you ask this particular question, you will also gain important information about the organization’s short and long term business strategy. It is vital to know this information as you will gain insight into the type of future that will have with the company in general. For instance, if the interviewers offer very vague information in response to this question, it may mean that your future with this particular company may be a short-lived with low chances for promotions.
When can I expect to hear from you?
Naturally, employers want to hire a person who sincerely wants to work for their particular organization. Thus, without a doubt, a little enthusiasm and a “keen” demeanour will go a long way. Of course, an answer to this question will also provide you with a timeline so that you can make any alternate plans.
In conclusion, these types of questions – along with others – should help you have successful job interviews in the future.
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Larisa Redins is a full time writer and editor with degrees in both Arts and Biological Science. She writes about career issues and other topics for a variety of international websites, magazines, and businesses.