By Juanita Cruz
Questions to ask at the end of a job interview
Often, we believe that job Interviews are just about giving the right answer; but in fact, experts affirm they’re also about ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. Indeed, if you are not ready with smart questions, the interviewer could assume that you aren’t interested in the position, or haven’t prepared for the interview.
ACCORDING TO SOME CAREER EXPERTS, INTERVIEW COACHES AND BUSINESS WRITERS, THESE ARE THE BEST QUESTIONS TO ASK AT THE END OF AN INTERVIEW:
Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this is a job you really want.
Can you describe the culture of the company?
Are you a good fit for this particular organization? Make sure you are comfortable with the culture and the dynamic of the company.
Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
If you plan to be in this role for several years, make sure the company is growing so you can grow with the company.
What do you like best about working for this company?
What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
This question can help you learn whether the company promotes from within, and how career advancement works within the organization.
What are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department right now?
This question shows your drive to seize opportunity and may help you learn more about where the company will be focusing over the next several months.
-Pamela Skillings, Co-founder of Big Interview and interview coach.
“Under the stress of an interview, many people tend to ask questions that are too safe, defer too much, and generally assume they need to overly comply with the interviewer’s expectations to win the “prize” of an offer.
Interviewees are better served when they’re not afraid to tactfully ask some difficult questions. You are absolutely interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you! ”
– Dan Kimble, Executive Coaching, from Forbes Coaches Council.
By asking these types of questions you:
Highlight your qualifications
Demonstrate your confidence
Reinforce your commitment
Understand the employer’s challenges
Advance your candidacy