The 3 Best Questions to Ask During an Interview!

December 27th, 2012 | Articles, Interviewing | No Comments »

Interview-Questions

When asked if you have any questions during an interview, have the following questions prepared to make a lasting impression with your interviewer!

Whether you are up for a dream job, internship or something that will further your work experience, the interview can make or break the hiring process. While research is a must, many candidates get stuck in the interview when asked, “What questions do you have for me?” Having the right questions can help the interviewer understand you better and give you the opportunity to see whether or not the company and position are a good fit for your career goals.

Breakdown Your Responsibilities

When in the interview, ask about what your greatest responsibilities will be in the position. While you should be well aware of what that is from the job description, if you are unsure ask where the majority of your time should be focused if offered the position. By asking this question, you’ll be able to gain insight into the current processes in place as well as what you’ll be spending time doing. You’ll gain new knowledge about the pace of the working environment, the resources available, and whether what you’re doing is more individual or collaborative. Not only that, you’ll be able to uncover the expectations and how high the bar is set for this position.

Key Question: How will my time be spent here?

Be More Successful

Businesses want self-motivated employees who aren’t afraid to lead or follow. In order to be successful, employees need to understand how the company they are at measures success. By asking this question, you’ll be able to discover how your success will be measured while demonstrating your confidence and motivation as well as your willingness to learn. Demonstrate your drive for delivering results by asking for tips right away. You’ll also uncover what direction the recruiter and the business want the person in this position to take so that if it is offered, you’ll know whether or not it aligns with the direction you want to take.

Key Question: How could I exceed expectations or become more successful in this position if it were offered to me?

Think Progressively

Businesses are about growth – growth in profits, growth in customer engagement, employee growth, etc. By asking what role your position would play over the next few months and over the next few years can make a difference in your judgment about whether or not this company is for you. It also demonstrates to the interviewer that this isn’t a short term position for you and that you’re someone who wants to stick around – which is key as hiring new employees is a costly process. By asking about the goals of the company, you’ll be able to see where the company is eventually headed and determine whether or not that direction is something you want to be a part of if offered the position.

Key Question: How does this position fit into the short-term and long-term goals of the company?

When you’re getting ready for an interview, the most important thing to do is research. Find out who the decision makers are (including the interviewer), what their products/services are, and who the competitors might be. Also, spend some time going over your resume and how your work history correlates to the position, as those are guaranteed areas of your experience that will be discussed. Be prepared with ideas, knowledge about the business, and how you can contribute as well as a few questions to ask. Always have these three go-to questions and two backups, based on the company, ready.

By Erica Bell

Author Bio: Erica Bell is a small business writer who focuses on topics such as HR outsourcing services and human resources software for business. She is a web content writer for Business.com. Find them on Facebook!

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