Acing an interview isn’t just about answering questions in the right way. It’s also about asking the right questions! Although you may be wishing for your interview to be over with as soon as possible, it’s worth taking that extra 5-10 minutes at the end to ask the interviewer a few questions. Not only will it help you determine if it’s the right job for you, but it will make you stand out against other candidates.
So in today’s post, let’s take a peek at some of the best questions to ask an interviewer at the end of an interview to make sure you leave a lasting impression.
You should plan to ask between 3-5 questions at the end of your interview. Before your interview, it’s a good idea to prepare 5-10 questions for the hiring manager. Some of these questions will be answered throughout the course of the interview, so you want to make sure you have some backups up your sleeve!
Employers don’t want to hire you just for your skills, they also want to hire you knowing you’ll be a good cultural fit. By asking this question, not only are you acknowledging the importance of company culture, but it also helps you to figure out if the company is a good fit for you!
This question really helps you to gain a more in-depth understanding of what life’s like at this company. Instead of just hearing about the company benefits in the job ad, you get to hear about the little highlights not written on paper.
You want to work for a company that can offer stability and whose mission you can get behind, right? So, find out about the company’s vision and what plans they have in the pipeline. Interviewers love this question because it shows you’re thinking ahead and are in it for the long haul.
This is an essential question because you want to know the organisation can provide long-term career opportunities and professional growth. Again, this will also tell the interviewer you’re serious about the opportunity.
It’s important to get a realistic picture of life at the company. Every organisation has its obstacles, so you’ll want to hear the employer be transparent about what theirs are and what they’re doing to overcome them.
In the workplace, expectations are everything. This means you need to gain clarity about what’s expected of you in the role and decide whether you feel it’s achievable.
With any new career opportunity, you want to make sure you’re going to be supported when you start rather than being thrown in at the deep end. The interviewer should be able to provide specifics about the training in terms of content, structure and timelines.
And last but certainly not least! This is a bold question and probably the most important one. By asking this, not only are you showing great courage, but you get to address any outstanding concerns. This is your last shot to convince the interviewer that you have what it takes to succeed.
Asking questions at the end of an interview is an absolute must. Asking the right questions at the end of an interview is an even bigger must! The best way to leave a lasting impression is to ask questions about the culture, long-term career opportunities, business and training. So seize the opportunity - this is your last chance to shine!
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Vanessa Ramkissoon | Recruitment Content Expert