Questions You Must Ask in an Interview
An interview is not just about how you answer questions posed to you. You should also show an interest in the job and company by asking the interviewer a few questions of your own. The whole point of an interview is to see if both you and the interviewer are on the same page.
- 1. Does your company promote people from within?
Finding out how you could grow from the position you’re applying for not only gives you a better idea of your potential within the company, but it also shows the interviewer that you are interested in the company’s operations.
- 2. How can I contribute to the department in the best way?
Asking about what would be required of you for a job well done shows that you are eager to please, but also can help quell your fears about what would be expected of you. Sometimes fear of the unknown is what makes our palms feel all sweaty during an interview, so breaking down exactly what the job entails impresses the interviewer while making us feel at ease.
- 3. Do you have any hesitations or concerns regarding my qualification?
It might sound like a show of low self-esteem or neediness, but interestingly this question can show the interviewer that you are secure enough to discuss your vulnerabilities. Maybe you’re not exactly what the company was looking for when they posted that job application, but you are willing to iron out the discrepancies. It also shows that you are willing to learn, which is a great sign. Be open to what the interviewer says (perhaps you lack training on your résumé) and be reasonable about your shortcomings. For instance, you could suggest further training.
- 4. The company prides itself on X and Y, so what would you say are the most important part values of your culture?
Showing the interviewer that you know something about the company because you’ve done your research is very impressive. However, this question takes that one step further: it shows that you want to learn what the values of the company are and how you could best adhere to them.
- 5. What is the company's vision and how do you picture me contributing to this?
Employers are passionate about the company and its goals for the future, so this is a great way to allow them the chance to open up to you. Asking them where you fit into this picture helps them to imagine you filling out the role for which you're applying. Added to this, it displays a great trait - ambition - which is always a winner.