When preparing for an interview, it’s important to put time and energy into crafting well thought-out answers that show that you are capable of the role. Of course, you want to make sure you stand out as a candidate within your answers. While your responses to the interviewer’s questions do matter, many people tend to overlook the importance of that very last question that every employer will ask you:
“So, do you have any questions for me?”
The worst mistake you can make in an interview is to not ask the employer any question at all. There is always something that can be asked, whether it is a question that shows the employer your interest, or one that gives yourself more insight on the environment itself within the company. This is your chance as a candidate to ask some thought-provoking questions to your interviewer. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to ask your employer, check out these five questions for ideas on what you can ask before wrapping up an interview.
- What are the opportunities to grow from this position? In what areas will the company need people to grow?
Not only does this show the interviewer that you have personal goals and the drive to work your way up within a company, but it can also provide you with some insight on what it is like to be an employee for the company. Is it a company where employees and their specific roles remain stagnant, or is it a company where employees are encouraged to work harder and given incentives to succeed? On top of that, by asking about areas in which the company needs growth, you also demonstrate that you are thinking about the best interests of the company as well as your own ability to fulfill those needs.
- How would you describe the culture of the company from your experience as an employee here?
Asking a current employee in the company about their experiences can give you a more thorough idea of what you really will experience working there. A lot of the times, the answer to this can show you the extent to which the company prioritizes building relationships between teammates, such as going out to lunch together or celebrating achievements as a group. While it may not be crucial for a company to prioritize a more “fun” environment among the employees, it is always more reassuring to know that you would be welcomed with open arms and have the opportunity to build long-lasting friendships while there.
- What does a typical day look like in this position? Does it stay consistent or will my tasks vary day-to-day?
This question is crucial in order to paint a picture of what your role will consist of and if it is truly something that you are fit for. Whether you are looking for a more structured role or a role with more flexibility/spontaneity, the employer’s answer to this question can confirm whether the role is a position you would thrive in. On top of that, it will show on the employer’s side how prepared they are for your potential addition to the company and the role you would play.
- What are the company’s goals and expectations over the next five years?/What are the company’s long-term and short-term goals as of right now?
To strengthen your potential as a candidate and show a more genuine interest on your end, this question will show the employer how you prioritize having a true understanding of the company. On top of impressing the employer, it will also give you information regarding the company’s work ethic. They might be a company that is constantly setting ambitious goals, and pushing their employees to work their hardest, or they might be more laid-back and let employees work at their own pace. Either way, it will give you a deeper look into how they organize themselves and what they expect of their company.
- How does the company measure success overall and specifically in my role?
This thought-provoking question will allow you to further understand the role and its expectations. It is important for you to feel confident that you will succeed in a role before taking it, and the answer to this question can give you some insight on company expectations.Taking all of these questions into account while preparing for an interview will help set you up for a successful interview, both for you and the interviewer.