At the end of an interview, you will usually be asked if you have any questions. This is a good sign as it means that they not only wish to give you their time, but also hope to learn a bit more about you, and your interest in the position by the questions you ask. Taking this opportunity to ask questions shows the interviewer that you are not looking for just any job, but are taking the time to fully evaluate the position as a fit for you and your lifestyle.
The key then, is to make sure you are asking the right questions.The best questions usually involve the company culture, the value of the role you’d be taking, and how you would fit into the company as a whole. It is important to come prepared with a few questions already written on your notepad, and then add more as the need arises.
If you take the time to prepare and ask the right questions, the hiring manager will know you are someone who should be taken seriously.
Here are a few prompts that will get you started in the right direction.
Question 1: What are the day-to day responsibilities of the role?
Your success and future happiness at the company comes down to what you will be doing on a daily basis. Asking this question makes it clear that you are considering how this position will fit into your daily life, for the long run.
Question 2: What are the company’s values?
While this may come up earlier in your interview, if it doesn’t now is the perfect time to ask what makes the company tick. Again, this shows that you care more deeply about the company that you choose to work for. We suggest that after they tell you their organization’s values, give a short response about how those things matter to you as well.
Question #3 What do you enjoy about working for this company?
This question is important as it gives you a great view on how the average employee feels about working with that company. If they show immediate enthusiasm that is a very positive sign, however it is worth noting if that enthusiasm feels forced or not natural.
Question #4 Are there opportunities for professional development
Showing enthusiasm for the position you are applying for is the first step in any successful interview, however what comes after? It is a good idea to express your desire to grow within the company that you join. People want to hire individuals who intend to stay around for the long haul. On the flip side, if you find out that the company lacks such opportunities, stagnation could be a red flag.
Question #5 Is there anything in my resume or background that makes you question whether I am a good fit?
While many applicants think that you shouldn’t have any negative questions about yourself during an interview, this question shows that you are serious about the position. It gives you insight on if they are really considering you or not, and allows you to get out in front of any potential concerns that the hiring manager may have about you.
Visium can help you prepare for your interview!
At Visium Resources, we have spent the last 18 years finding and placing the highest quality candidates in great positions throughout the USA. Our clients know that candidates we send are the best fits for the job, which offers you a huge leg up on your competition. When you apply for a job through Visium, our team can help you develop a plan to truly “WOW” your interviewer, while also giving you the opportunity to practice the interview with our recruiters and make sure you are completely prepared. Partner with Visium Resources to not only find, but also secure your next position and experience why we are one of the Southeast’s highest rated employment agencies.