Questions To Ask At The End Of An Interview
Regardless of how many interviews you have had, preparing for an upcoming interview is usually a stressful and anxiety-inducing situation. This is your chance to sell yourself to the hiring manager, or whoever you are speaking with, and show that you would be an asset to the company should they bring you aboard. As a result, a lot can rest on the outcome of this conversation. There are usually some pretty common questions you can expect to be asked during an interview, but what about when the script is flipped and the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?”
This question usually comes at the end of an interview and can make or break the conversation. In the lead up to the interview, you have likely prepared some questions based on the job description and research of the company. These questions are typically answered throughout the conversation before you have the chance to ask them, so when the time comes for you to ask any questions you might draw a blank.
In an article for the Huffington Post, recruiters, hiring managers and people who landed jobs provided their input on the best questions to ask if you want to make a positive impression. Here are some of the top questions:
“What Made You Choose My Resume For An Interview?”
A job candidate asked Vice President of Poston Communications, Laura Meditz, this question in an interview which admittedly caught her a little off guard. “It flipped the script on me because I was so used to asking ‘Why should we hire you?’ Instead, I had to tell her what I liked about her experience and application, which is absolutely great insight to receive during the interview process. It’s like getting free career advice.”
As Meditz said, this question puts the interviewer on the spot to say what he or she liked about the candidate’s experience. It clearly stood out, as it was the most memorable question she was asked in over a decade of hiring. By asking this question, candidates can also gain some confidence in their job search because they are told that their qualifications and background stand out in the industry.
“Can You Give Me An Example Of How You Live Out The Company Values?”
Many companies have their value system or mission statement listed on their website. When doing your pre-interview research, you can gain insight into what the company claims to value. Jennifer Bewley of Get Uncuffed said “I’ll ask the interviewer how they live one or more of those values, especially as a manager. If the interviewer is dumbfounded, it typically shows that the values are nothing than empty messaging.”
Values are an important consideration for job seekers, especially when they are thinking about leaving their current company for a new opportunity. After all, the interview is a time for the company to interview you and vice versa. It is better to determine if your values don’t align during the interview process than after getting hired and realizing it. By asking this question, you can gain insight into the company and whether or not they practice what they preach.
“What Do You Enjoy Most About Working Here?”
Ideally, the interviewer can answer this question without much hesitation. If they can’t, this should be a red flag about the company as a whole and shows that it likely isn’t the greatest place to work.
By asking this question, you can connect with the interviewer on a more personal level while he or she gets a chance to talk about him or herself. Believe it or not, most people like to talk about themselves. This question breaks down the formal barrier and often provides a first-hand perspective of what it is like working for the company.
When preparing for your interview and thinking of questions, be sure to stick to open-ended questions. These types of questions require answers beyond “yes” and “no.” While asking and answering questions is inherent to the interview process, open-ended questions foster a dialogue between the parties and should be conversational.
For all 11 questions from Casey Bond, check out the full article here. Bond recommends picking two or three important questions that you would like answers for instead of bombarding the interviewer(s) with a laundry list that includes questions with obvious answers that should have been answered in your preliminary research. By asking some of these questions you can stand out in the interview process and hopefully improve your chances of getting hired.