If you’re gearing up for an interview for a new job, chances are you’re probably guessing which questions you should be ready to answer, thinking about what past successes you should highlight and determining how your responses can highlight what makes you the perfect fit. While all of these are important elements of interview preparation, you should also be ready to turn the tables during the discussion.
When the end of the interview draws near and the inevitable “do you have any questions for me?” inquiry arises, be ready. Rather than serve up softball “what do you like best about working here?” questions, here are four suggestions to help keep the conversation moving in a great direction.
1) What are the biggest opportunities your company is excited about right now?
Give the interviewer a chance to discuss what’s on the horizon for the company. Whether they’re pitching for new business or they’re preparing to open a new office, this question can help you understand the pulse of the company. If there aren’t any new opportunities in the near future, the organization may not be the best fit for you.
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2) How do you see this position impacting the company in the long-term?
Ultimately, job interviews are about immediate impact for both parties: what you can bring to the table and what the company can do to increase your compensation. However, it’s important to show that you are looking for a position where your experience will pay off much further down the road. This question demonstrates your commitment to the company’s big-picture vision of success.
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3) I read your CEO’s recent blog post on globalization. How does her perspective shape the company’s international growth strategy?
Maybe the company doesn’t have a blog, and maybe the CEO didn’t write about globalization. Still, you should have this type of question in your pocket. Your research on the company should extend further than the “About Us” tab on the website. Use the question time to show the interviewer that you’ve been exploring recent company news.
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4) How would some of your other team members describe the culture here?
You’ve been hearing from the same person throughout the first portion of the interview. This question shows you’re a team player who is genuinely interested in what each of your colleagues has to say. If the interview is going well, asking about other team members’ thoughts may even inspire the interviewer to decide to introduce you to more people in the office.
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