10 questions to ask at the end of your job interview
Do you have an important job interview coming up? After your prospective employer has asked you interview questions, it’s your turn to ask them a few questions. Not only is this your opportunity to discover more about the job, but it’s also a chance to show your interest in the company. While the interview may be coming to end, you can use the final moments to create a lasting impression. If you’re unsure about which questions to ask, read our suggestions below.
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1. Can you tell me more about the company’s achievements?
Research the company online to find out if they have any recent success stories. After your interview, you can ask your prospective employer a specific question that refers to the company’s achievements. This shows your interest in the company and that you’ve done your research. You can check the company’s website for useful information as well as doing an online search for press releases and other articles. Showing initiative and an interest in the specific job that you’re interviewing for will help to put you ahead of your competition.
2. Can you give me more information about the daily responsibilities of this job?
This question shows your interest in the position and it also gives you useful information about your duties. Understanding what tasks you’ll be expected to complete on a daily basis will help you decide whether this is the right job for you. If you get hired, you’ll also be better prepared for your new job and have a clear understanding of what is expected of you.
3. What opportunities are there for career growth within the company?
Inquiring about opportunities to advance your career shows that you are motivated and ambitious. This information helps you to set career goals if you’re hired. Once you know what you’re working towards, you can dedicate yourself to working hard and advancing your career. This question also offers you insight into whether people are promoted from within the company or through external recruitment. While you want to find out more about your potential career path, be careful not to ask when you can expect a promotion or salary increase.
4. What skills and qualities are the most essential for this position?
Discovering more about what skills you need to succeed is a great opportunity for professional development. If your interviewer mentions skills that you don’t have, you can look for opportunities to develop these capabilities. Whether you get the job or not, you’ll have more insight into what employers are looking for and you’ll have the opportunity to learn new, useful skills.
5. Can you tell me more about your company’s values?
Research the company first to see if their values are listed on their website. This allows you to ask a more specific question, which gives the interviewer the opportunity to elaborate on the company values. The benefit of these questions is that it gives you insight into the company’s culture so you can determine if you’re a good fit for the position. It also shows the interviewer that you’ve made the effort to research the company before attending the interview.
6. What are the most challenging aspects of the position?
Understanding the challenges associated with the position helps you to decide whether this is the right job for you. If you’re offered the job, you can also think about how you will tackle these challenges before you get started. You may want to mention to your interviewer how you’ve tackled similar challenges in the past.
7. What are the next steps?
Instead of going home and waiting for a phone call, find out what you can expect after the interview. This information also helps you to be better prepared for any other parts of the interview process. Your interviewer’s response will also give you insight into the hiring timeline. Once you know what to expect, you can follow up at the right time.
8. Did I understand correctly?
Start by summarising the key points of what you have learnt about the position and then ask your interviewer whether you’re correct or not. This demonstrates to your prospective employer that you have good listening skills. It also shows your ability to learn. You can use this question as a chance to elaborate on the skills and qualities that make you a good fit for the role.
9. If I’m hired, who will be my team members?
Knowing who you’ll be sharing an office and working with will stand you in good stead if you’re hired. This question also helps you understand the team dynamics and it’ll help you arrive at the office with a little more confidence.
10. How will job performance be measured?
While the job description gives you insight into what is expected of you, it’s useful to know how your performance will be measured if you get the job. Understanding your key deliverables emphasises the most important aspects of the position.
Now that you have a better idea of what questions to ask when your interviewers are done with theirs, you can add your own questions to this list. Remember, it’s important to ask genuine questions about aspects of the job you really care about.
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