“Do you have any questions? “is very often what closes a job interview. The worst answer is not to ask questions…
Minimally, we can go with the usual practical questions:
– “What are the next steps?”
– “How soon will you make a decision?”
– “When do you wish to take office?”
But to stand out and demonstrate our interest and involvement, we can take the opportunity to ask more global questions that could be decisive for the future.
Here are the best questions to ask in an interview.
What are the main challenges you face upon taking office?
This question is interesting to know more precisely what is expected of you, to inform you of concrete short-term expectations. What would happen if you started working for this employer tomorrow morning? What are the priorities? In answering this question, the employer should also visualize you in this position and you can challenge them by showing them your understanding of the work to be done.
What is the primary objective to be achieved?
This is another way to learn about the position, but also a way to demonstrate your own vision and briefly discuss it with the employer.
How does the employer see the future for this position?
It’s a way to indicate that you are ready to meet challenges and to be constantly evolving, but above all, it’s a good way to clarify the employer’s expectations and to prepare yourself well for what comes next.
What is the employer planning for the coming years?
If you wish to express your interest in the company, find out as much as possible about it before the interview. When the time comes, you can ask a question about a challenge facing the company (a new competitor, a changing market, a new work method adopted, a technological evolution, etc.). This is always appreciated when a candidate can prove that he or she has taken the time to fully understand the culture and issues of a future employer. For your part, you will be able to find out a little more about how they will achieve the company’s objectives, and how the employer sees your position in the long term.
What about your application?
If you feel bold, why not take the opportunity to find out what they see in you? What do they think would best contribute to the work they want to do? This will give you an idea of whether they have any doubts about certain points. It will allow you to demonstrate your sense of self-criticism, and even to adjust some of your own answers that may have been misinterpreted.
Don’t make them repeat
Pay attention. Avoid asking questions that the employer has already answered during the interview. What you are asking must add value, demonstrate your interest in your future duties and show your commitment.