Do you have any questions? It’s the one part of the classic job interview that truly divides opinion. Some say the interviewer doesn’t really care if you have questions or not, while others believe that the answer you give could make the difference between a job offer and radio silence after an interview. If you’re actively looking for a new job and you’re keen to impress your potential employer, here are the nine best interview questions to ask at the end of a job interview.
Can you tell me more about the daily responsibilities associated with this job?
It’s easy for the day-to-day tasks associated with a role to be glossed over during an interview. This question will give you a chance to find out if this job is really what you think it will be and it will also show the interviewer you’re focused on walking the walk, not just talking the talk.
What are your expectations for this role?
This question demonstrates that you are switched on and forward thinking. It also allows you to make sure everyone is on the same page. There’s nothing worse than starting a new role and discovering that the job comes with lots of unrealistic expectations. Be sure to always ask this question at the end of a job interview.
Where is the company headed over the next two years?
There are two benefits to asking this question. Firstly, it shows the interviewer that you’re thinking long-term – no one wants to hire someone who is planning to stick around for just a couple of months. Secondly, it allows you to make sure you’re a good fit for each other.
What are the biggest challenges facing the company right now?
This is a killer question that employers love, and that’s because it suggests that you are proactive and solution-oriented. After all, few people ask about problems unless they want to offer a solution. It will also help you prepare better for the role as you’ll be able to identify areas where you could help if/when you join the company.
What are the growth prospects of this job?
Unless you’re in it for the short-haul or completely lacking in ambition, we suspect your goal is to move up the ladder over time. Check there is a ladder at this company. If there’s no room for growth, it’s time to reconsider if this job really is the best fit for you. The good news about this question is that while it helps you gain an insight into what you can gain from the company, it shows the interviewer that you’re interested in staying with the company for the foreseeable future.
How is the department/company structured?
Asking about the company structure suggests a genuine interest in the company, and that’s something any potential employer likes to see. It has the added benefit of allowing you to see if there truly is room for you to move up the ladder in this company.
If I was to get the role, what three things could I do to make your life easier on starting the job?
This is another question that reflects your productivity and legitimate interest in doing a good job for the company. You’ll struggle to find an interviewer who isn’t impressed by this.
How would you describe your management style?
When employer and employee mesh well, everyone is happy and productive. Employers know this and will be impressed by an interviewee who demonstrates that they recognise the importance of a synergistic work relationship.
Why is this role available/why are you hiring for this position?
We can’t promise that you’ll be told the truth, but asking this question will allow you to understand what you’re letting yourself in for. Have you got big shoes to fill because the person leaving was amazing but has gone somewhere else? Perhaps, you’re covering for someone on a sabbatical, which means it may be a more temporary role than you realise. Has mass company restructuring led to the creation of the role? If so, there may be some big expectations placed on you and these are best outlined as early in the hiring process as possible.
Yes, this question is less about impressing the interviewer and more about making sure you’re making the right decision, but it’s so important, we snuck it on the list!
Did we miss any impressive questions to ask at the end of a job interview? Let us know in the comments below.
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