Your interview is coming to an end and your thinking to yourself “did this interview go well?” You have no idea however because this interview is feeling more like a police interrogation rather than a genuine conversation. However, you can change that. How you may ask? By asking well thought out questions. But what are the best questions to ask?
Asking questions at the end of the interview is your last chance to add value to the conversation. These three questions will boost your image in the interviewer’s eyes.
Invitation to Thought Provoking Dialogue
These are not yes or no questions. Your goal is to initiate dialogue while showcasing that you’ve done your homework and understand the company and are really interested in the position.
What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
"What is the biggest challenge this person will face in the role?"
"What would you like to see a new person in the department accomplish in the first year?"
Questions That Form the Big Picture
Just as much as the interview is vetting you, you should be vetting the company. You want to know if the position is worth it, is the company right for you. You want to know what kind of company it is, its corporate culture and its position among the rest.
“What is your best moment so far at [Company Name]?
Watch your interviews body language as they address this question. Do they perk up, showing a positive culture and a healthy organization. Will you hear a well prepared complicated response, this shows the interview is knowledgeable and passionate about the organization. Perhaps the interview looks stressed and doesn’t know how to respond. That suggest the company may be experiencing some problems and should be a red flag for you.
Ask a Bold Question
Show extra enthusiasm by going straight to what you really want to know.
“Can you think of a reason I won’t be extended an offer?
It’s assertive and confident but not aggressive and it gives the recruiter/interviewer an extra opportunity to remove any doubt they might have.
You may use only one question, two of them or all of them. Everything depends on the situation and the report you’ve built with the interviewer. These questions serve as an additional value you can bring to the talk and may boost your chance of getting the job of your dreams by separating you from other candidates. So, get prepared and execute!