At the end of the interview, the interviewer will always ask if you have any questions. They want to know what your thought process was during the process.
Usually, if the interviewee’s questions can extend into a substantial conversation, it increases the chances of getting hired. The longer you two talk, the more the interviewer will remember you and that’s exactly what you want.
It’s hard to engage in a good conversation with a weak question. Most of the time it’s better not to ask questions that aren’t worth it as it will seem like you’re forcing it. Interviewers can tell when you are and don’t appreciate have their time wasted.
Your questions to pertain to what working at the company would be like. The types of questions you ask will show the interviewer whether you are really serious about working there. Questions like these…
1) How would you describe a typical day or week of in this position?
This is a good starting question to get more details for visualizing what working for them would really be like. It shows that you’re thinking beyond the summarized job description and want to get a deeper understanding of what being in that position would entail.
2) What types of challenges does a person in this position encounter?
Realistic people know that it’s not always going to be a walk in the park, especially not in the beginning. By getting an early sense of what’s to come, you give yourself an advantage. The interviewer will see that you expect to face challenges and are willing to take them on.
3) How do you measure success for this position?
This question lets the interviewer know that you want to do well in this position. Asking what your expectations are shows that you’re thinking ahead and that you intend to be a good hiring choice. Interviewers like this because it shows initiative and careful thought.
4) What is your managing style like?
Managers want to hire an employee who will be compatible with the company just as much as you want to work under a manager you won’t clash with. This question clarifies each person’s work style and personalities so that you both can get an idea of what working together may be like.
5) Is there anything else about me you might be unsure of and want to ask?
Allowing the interviewer a chance to be honest about any reservations he or she might have and you have a chance to address them. This eliminates any chance of walking out of the interview with doubts about your impression. Opening up communication like this lets you and the interviewer feel comfortable around one another making it easier for him or her to consider you for hiring.
6) How would you describe the work culture here?
You want to know who thrives and who doesn’t. Learning about the types of people who succeed in the company gives you and the interviewer a better judgment of whether you will be able to, too. Each company operates in its own particular way, learning how your work style will fit into that is crucial to you and the rest of the employees.
7) When you think about the person who did best in this position, how did you see this in his or her performance?
Any hiring manager can appreciate when a candidate shows that they want to not only meet expectation but exceed them as well. Learning about what the best person was able to do shows that them you want to be better.
8) What is the time frame that you get back to candidates for the next steps?
You always want to end the interview with this question. It shows that this interview is important to you and that you sincerely care whether you hear back. Plus, if you don’t, at least you won’t be left hanging.