When it comes time for you to begin interviewing for jobs, it is important to understand that the employer shouldn’t be the only person asking the questions. Knowing what questions to ask will not only make you look prepared, but it could be exactly what you need to do to get the position. The answers will also show you whether you are a good fit for the job.
Kelly Gregorio, blog writer for Advantage Capital Funds, advises interviewees to ask these 6 questions before ending an interview.
- “If I were to start tomorrow, what would be the top priority on my to-do list?”
(Asking this questions shows your potential employers that you want to learn exactly what will be expected of you for the position and that you intend to “start things off with a bang.”)
- “What would you say are the top two personality traits someone needs to do this job well?”
(This question asks the interviewer to think in terms of a person rather than an employee, which will allow you to determine whether you are a good match for the job.)
- “What improvements or changes do you hope the new candidate will bring to this position?”
(Flaws or mistakes the last employee who held the position made will give you an idea of what not to do on the job. Also, it leads the employer to believe that you will want to be the best at the job.)
- “I know this company prides itself on X and Y, so what would you say is the most important aspect of your culture?”
(Asking this question shows that you are prepared and have taken the time to familiarize yourself with the company.)
- “Do you like working here?”
(How the interviewer answers will be an indicator as to whether you will enjoy working in the organization.)
- “Is there anything that stands out to you that makes you think I might not be the right fit for this job?”
(This question shows that you want to hear constructive criticism and make improvements accordingly.)
Now that you know what to ask, there are some topics to avoid discussing at first. According to Gregorio, “While salary ranges, benefits and schedule flexibility are important details you deserve answers to, hiring managers don’t appreciate questions like those until at least your second interview (or maybe even after they make you an offer).”