Antonio Pérez Carmona
10 Smart Questions to Ask in an Interview
The job-hunting process is more and more engaging nowadays. There are so many steps that you must follow and so many candidates to compete with, that you have to work really hard for getting the job you dream about.
It all starts with applying for the right jobs, then preparing for the interview, dressing up for it and mailing the interview questions. All this to impress your next employer, let the interviewer know you better (the soft skill might make the difference) and make him or her see that you are eager, qualified, the perfect fit for that job.
Before getting a job offer and starting to negotiate your salary, you have one more chance to shine: the ask-me part. It all starts with the question “Do you have any questions for me?”. Please, don’t make the mistake to answer it with a plain and awful “No”.
This is the moment you have been waiting for to show the interviewer that you want this job and you are sincerely interested in the company. Moreover, it is the best way to determine if you would be happy working for this employer and whether your goals are aligned with theirs or not. So you should take advantage of this opportunity. In other words, you should be interviewing the employer just as much as he’s or she’s interviewing you because you both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great match.
Sure, you might be tempted to ask something about your benefits, your future salary or your days off, but trust us, this is neither the time nor the place. Your interview hasn’t finished and you’re still in the spotlight. You have to think about questions that will prove the recruiter you’ve researched beforehand and that you understand the company’s challenges. Emphasize how you can help the company meet those challenges and demonstrate your interest in the most unmistakable manner possible: by actually asking for the position.
Depending on the job position you are applying for, you should prepare at least ten questions in case some of them have already been answered to during the interview. Try not to be very obvious that you want to stand out when you ask them. Address smart questions. Adopt the right tone and convey a positive attitude. Be natural.
Here are ten memorable questions you should consider asking in a job interview:
- Now that we’ve talked about my qualifications and the job, do you have any concerns about me being successful in this position?
- If I were to start tomorrow, what would be the top priority on my to-do list?
- What improvements or changes do you hope the new candidate will bring to this position?
- Who would be my supervisor? To whom would I report?
- What process will be used to evaluate my employee performance?
- What are the current problems facing the company (or my department)?
- What do you consider to be the company’s strengths and weaknesses?
- What do you like most about working for this company?
- Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?
- May I contact you if any further questions arise?
Do not forget to adapt these questions to every interview!