Some of the most common advice shared among job seekers: when you’re interviewing, you need to interview the employer right back.
After all, you’re the one who is potentially going to fill this position, so you need to know if it’s going to be a good fit, right?
Except that “me” questions about salary ranges, benefits and schedule flexibility, while important details you deserve answers to, aren’t appreciated by hiring managers until at least your second interview (or maybe even after they’ve made you an offer).
During your first interview, when a potential employer asks if you have any questions, they don’t want inquiries about parking validation; they want to see if you’re prepared, educated and inquisitive.
The “impress me dance” is still in full swing.
With that in mind, here are six best questions to ask in a job interview that will help you master the twisted tango of getting hired, as well as the benefits to you and your future employer:
1. If I Started Tomorrow, What Would Be My Top To-do Priority?
Impress you: The answer to this question will give you more insight into the current state of the position.
Impress them: The question shows that you’re invested and interested in learning how you can start things off with a bang. The added bonus lies in the Jedi mind trick: now you’ve already got your interviewer picturing you as the position holder.
2. What Are the Top Two Personality Traits Someone Needs to Excel at This job?
Impress you: The answer to this will be very telling. “Creative” and “intuitive” can be translated to mean you will be on your own, while “patient” and “collaborative” could mean the opposite.
Impress them: Not only will this question allow you to feel out whether you’re going to be a good fit; it will also get your interviewer to look past the paper resume and see you as an individual.
3. What Improvements or Changes Do You Hope the New Candidate Will Bring to This Position?
Impress you: This answer can shed light on what might have made the last person lose (or leave) the job, and it also tips you off on the path to success.
Impress them: Asking this shows an employer you are eager to be the best candidate to ever fill this position.
4. I Know This Company Prides Itself on X and Y. What Would You Say Is the Most Important Aspect of the Culture?
Impress you: This type of question is sure to impress, as it shows you’ve done your research on the company and gives you a chance to gain insight into what values are held to the highest ideal.
Impress them: This question shows you know there is more to the hiring decision than just getting the job done; you must be a good fit withing the existing culture.
5. Do You Like Working Here?
Impress you: This question might take interviewers back a bit, but their answer will be telling. A good sign is a confident smile and an enthusiastic “yes” paired with an explanation as to why. If they shift in their seat, look away, cough and start with “Well…”, consider it a red flag.
Impress them: Regardless of their answer, employers appreciate getting a chance to reflect on their own opinions.
Bonus: This question turns the interview process into more of a conversation, rather than an interrogation.
6. What Stands Out to You That Makes You Think I Might Not Be the Right Fit for This Job?
Impress you: Asking this question can be scary, but also be extremely beneficial. Not only does it give you a chance to redeem any hesitations the employer might have about you.
Impress them: This question demonstrates that you can take constructive criticism and are eager to improve—valuable qualities in any candidate.
What other questions would you ask to wow an interviewer? What has been a difference maker for you?
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