Five Must-Ask Interview Questions
When you’re asked for a job interview, the first thing you’ll probably do is begin preparing your answers. The recruiter will want to learn about you: your education, skills and experience. But what if you could express your sincere interest in the position through asking rather than answering? Here are five must-ask interview questions that will make you stand out.
1. What challenges do you expect the person in this position to face?
All jobs come with challenges, but not all potential employees are equipped to handle them. This question gets to the root of what the interviewer is looking for and allows you to expand upon your skills. For example: Will the person need to juggle several tasks at once? Follow up with an example of a time you had to multitask.
2. What qualities do you look for in your employees?
Again, a question like this gives you the chance to show how you’re a great fit for the organization. If the hiring staff prefers employees who are team players, speak about a job you did well within a group. If the staff is looking for more of a self-starter, give examples of instances when you exercised independence in the workplace.
3. How do you see this position growing in the coming years?
If you want to show that you’re looking for a long-term commitment within the organization, ask about a career path. This shows that you are not just filling a gap but hoping to stay and grow within a single company. What organization wouldn’t want that?
4. What professional development opportunities does your organization offer?
This question shows that you’re interested not only in doing the job but also in doing it to the best of your ability. Asking about professional development shows that you are ambitious and will take the steps necessary to excel in the position, going above and beyond what is expected of you.
5. What do you love about working here?
Finally, leave the recruiter with a positive feeling. Asking the interviewer what he loves about working at the company allows him to get a bit more personal while reminding him of why he chose the company. It’s rare that an employer who is asked this question won’t end the interview with a positive final impression of the candidate: you.
An interview is a great time to learn more about an organization and demonstrate how you’re the best candidate for the job. Use thoughtful and deliberate questions to get to the root of why you’re a good fit, and you’ll show the employer that you’re genuinely interested in the position.
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