Interviewers Want You To Ask Questions – Here’s 10 To Make You Shine

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Throughout a job interview, candidates are often asked a myriad of questions about their employment history, their skills and other miscellaneous topics (usually relating to the role they are applying for).

However, just as a candidate may think they’re out of the woods, it inevitably occurs. The interviewer asks candidly, “Did you have any questions for us?”

This may be a moment of panic for some, but for a well-prepared candidate, this provides an opportunity.

Here are 10 questions that you can ask a prospective employer during the interview to leave an impression. 

1. I read that your organisation [insert fact]. Can you tell me more about it?

Demonstrate that you have conducted your research about this company before the interview, and show your interest in learning more about them from them rather than through a website search.

2. What are your expectations for the position? 

This question provides you with an idea about whether or not you feel that you can achieve their goal for the role and know exactly what the potential employer is looking for. 

3. In terms of growth, how do you see your organisation in a few years? 

Identifying the challenges that the organisation may face can also allow you to offer potential solutions that you could bring to the organisation. If their plan is to, for example, expand their services, you can provide them with points of interest from your own experiences.

4. How would you describe the work environment?

Asking the interviewer about their personal experience with the workplace can often elicit a more in-depth and real-world answer than just asking, “What is the company culture?”

5. What is the greatest challenge facing your department/team/organisation today? 

This allows you to understand and show that you’re interested in the employer, its current challenges, and how they align their values as they try to resolve them.  

6. What is the typical career path for someone in this role? 

This question shows that you are interested in a career, rather than simply a job with this company and that you’re committed to working towards this challenge. It is also a good way to find out about potential advancement opportunities without it seeming like you only see the role in question as a stepping stone.

7. What are some projects that you are working on right now that I can help you with? 

The answer may allow you an opportunity to further highlight your skills and what you can bring to the role

8. Was there anything done by the previous holder of this position that you enjoyed and hope continues? 

This question allows you to identify why the previous individual was an asset to the company, and you can promote yourself more. 

9. Was there anything with the job’s previous structure that didn’t work well? 

Knowing what worked and what didn’t provide crucial insight to help you avoid any mistakes that were made in the past.

10. How would you describe your leadership style? 

Leadership styles vary, and it’s important to know exactly what you’d be signing up for – some bosses are nurturing, and others are strictly business.

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