As your interview comes to an end, you’ll most likely be asked one final question: do you have any questions for me? While you might be tempted to wrap up the meeting with some generic questions, remember, this is one of your final opportunities to stand out in an interview.
Asking smart questions will not only make you appear more engaged and interested in the role, but it can also help you assess whether this opportunity is the right fit for you. As a result, you’ll want to go into the interview with some well-rounded questions prepared about the role, the team, the culture, opportunities for growth, and the company. Depending on what has already been addressed in the interview, here are a few to get started with:
To successfully stand out in an interview, you’ll want to ask at least one question that expresses your interest in learning more about the position. Consider asking:
- What does a typical day look like?
- What are some of the biggest pain points that this position can help address?
- What are some of the first projects you’d like the person in this role to tackle?
Having more insight into team dynamics may help you determine how your role fits into the bigger picture. Learn more by asking:
- How do you envision a new hire contributing to the team?
- Are you planning on hiring more people for the department in the future?
- What was the last team achievement that was celebrated?
Since company culture covers a lot of ground, there are many things to look out for when assessing whether you’d be happy with a potential employer. Learn more about the culture by asking:
- Is the work environment more collaborative or independent?
- What do you personally enjoy most about working here?
- How is success measured?
Opportunities For Growth
Inquiring about opportunities for growth will not only help you stand out in an interview, but can also help you determine if this role can help you accomplish your long term career goals. Ask:
- Are there opportunities for advancement within the company?
- What training programs are available for employees?
- What is the person who filled this position last moving onto?
While you don’t want to ask questions that can be easily answered on the company’s website, there are ways to get a better sense of your prospective employer and whether they’re a good fit for you. For example:
- What are some industry trends that are driving the company’s strategies for future growth?
- Where do you see the company in the next 5 years?
- How does the department I’d be joining help the company accomplish their goals?