26 May 2015
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
“Do you have any questions for me?” We all get asked this at some point, if not in every interview. When a hiring manager asks this question, it’s your chance to shine and take control of the flow of conversation—so why not use it to your advantage? Too many candidates pass up the opportunity when they could be utilizing it to learn more about the company, their potential team and supervisor, and the hiring manager him/herself. Not only can asking the hiring manager questions further enlighten you about the position, it can also further communicate certain skills you possess, such as attention to detail and analytical thinking. Furthermore, knowing what questions to ask can highly impress a hiring manager and potentially place you ahead of other candidates who simply passed on the question with a “no, thank you.” If you’re looking to wow the hiring manager and learn more about whether or not the position would be a good fit for you in the process, consider asking these questions at the end of your next interview: “How would you describe the company’s culture?” If you aren’t yet starting to think about company culture as a major factor in your decision-making process when searching for jobs, it’s time to start. More than ever, employers are focusing on finding candidates who match their culture; according to an article and infographic by Entrepreneur.com, strong company culture is linked directly to happier employees, and companies with happier employees typically outperform their competition by 20%. As a result, asking about company culture can show an employer you’re on the same page as them—and you, too, intend to ensure the match would be mutually beneficial. “What’s the most important skill or characteristic the ideal person in this role would possess?” A question like this is impressive because it shows that you’re really considering what it would take to succeed in your potential future position. It also opens up the opportunity to talk more about the skills you do possess that you may have missed at the start of the interview, or ways to acquire/sharpen certain skills should you obtain the position. “How do you measure and evaluate success here?” Once you know what skills are required to succeed, determine how that success will be assessed. Again, the purpose of this question is twofold: to better inform you of how the company works and what it takes to succeed, as well as impress the interviewer with your forethought. “What do you like most about working for this company?” Bringing a question specifically about the hiring manager to the table is also a great strategy. This question allows you to get an insider’s perspective of the organization, learn more about the person interviewing you, and show that you’re both considerate and prepared to do your research. “How will my work impact the company as a whole?” Finally, asking a question like this shows that you’re not only concerned with what the company can do for your career, but what you can do for their business. Employers appreciate a candidate who has their eye on the bigger picture and what impact they can make in the company rather than just salary and experience to be gained.