Showing you are engaged and committed to an interview, as a candidate, really shows the hiring manager that you came prepared and want to be there. According to Glassdoor, Don’t forget to make the interview work for you. Remember, it’s your window to sell yourself and to gather as much information as you can, so that you can make a smart career decision based on what you hear.
Here are some sample questions that showcase you have come prepared and help you learn about the company and interviewer:
1. What are you most passionate about in your job? What do you most enjoy about working here?
You might get a ‘flat’ or vanilla canned response – if you do, that says a lot. If you hear a passionate response that truly aligns with your own values e.g.: the company’s attitude towards diversity and inclusion or the company’s commitment to employees and respect for the individual, take it as a sign that you’re onto a good thing.
2. What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate? Or, What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
Ask this – and be prepared to have this question re-directed at you. You’ve obviously given your suitability to the role some thought, so here’s your first opportunity to shine.
3. What does success look like here?
A responsible and very smart open question that covers a lot of ground. You’re inadvertently asking about how employees are treated, internal processes, future opportunities for promotion. The answer to this will tell you a lot.
4. What are your expectations of this role?
For insight into what will be expected of you, ask this. A variation on a theme here is ‘What would you like to see from this role in the first 30,60, 90 days?’. Or be bolder and ask ‘What would you like to see from me in the first 30, 60, 90 days?’ – I’m likely to take it as proactive, not presumptuous.
5. What are the next steps?
Don’t just walk away at the end of it all or accept a generic ‘we’ll be in touch’. Try to get a sense of what the next steps are – who you might hear from and when.
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