“Do you have any questions for us?”
This is one of the daunting questions candidates are asked at the end of an interview. Most are clueless about what to ask while others try desperately to impress the interviewer with questions they think will make them seem intelligent. Don’t fall into either of these buckets.
Participating in the interviewing process is a way to stand out from your fellow applicants. It shows initiative and can help you demonstrate your sincere interest in the company and role you are interviewing for.
If you ask the right questions, you can learn more about cultural dynamics, company plans for the future and how well suited you are for the role. Not to mention build a rapport with your interviewer.
Here are five questions you can ask to end the interview on a promising note…
1. How would you describe the general culture of the company?
People often forget that interviews are a two-way street. This isn’t just an opportunity for the company to assess your talents – you should explore whether they are a fit for you. Finding out more about the culture can determine whether you align with their values and could thrive in that type of environment.
2. Do you offer any development opportunities to help your people grow?
Progressing your career and improving your skillset should be one of your key objectives. Find out if the company invests in its people with ongoing training and development opportunities.
3. What are some attributes of your most valued employees?
The answer to this question will give you insight into what qualities are most admired and relevant to the company. This should help you determine a) whether your greatest strengths align with what the company values most and b) what to highlight in the next interview to show you are right for the job.
4. How do you plan to deal with changes in the market?
Coming prepared to talk about the company in a larger context shows you’ve done your homework and are thinking about the future trajectory of the business. Do a quick SWOT analysis before the meeting and find out how the company will adapt to a dynamic business environment. Do you buy into their long-term vision?
5. How would you describe your management style?
Assuming you would report to the person who is interviewing you, evaluate how they approach this question. Are they hands off and hands on? Do they take a democratic or authoritarian approach? How do they motivate their people? Poor relations between employees and managers can inhibit performance. Take this opportunity to see if your styles jive with each other.