Best questions to ask at the end of an interview | How to impress the interviewer 🤩Mar 02, 2023
Job interviews might make you shake in your boots, but they are an essential part of the hiring process. It's an opportunity for both you and your potential employer to ask questions, get to know each other, and assess whether there's a good mutual fit (‘mutual’ being the 🔑 here - it’s a two-way street!).
I see way too many candidates solely focusing on answering the interviewer's questions, but it's equally important to ask your own questions. Plus, it’s your way to stand out amongst the crowd and leave your lasting mark on the interviewer. Asking strategic and thought-provoking questions can emphasise your interest in the company and the role, and also help you gather intel (let your inner sleuth out 🕵️♀️) to make an informed decision about the job offer and whether you *really* want to work there. Stumped on some unique questions to ask? I’ve got you covered - we'll explore some of the best questions to ask at the end of an interview in this juicy blog (or if video is more your style, tap on the Youtube video below)! Let’s get into it 👇
6 Killer questions to ask at the end of your next interview
1. I’ve done a lot of research on [Company Name] and it looks like you take [X] very seriously. Can you please give me some examples of how that shows up concretely on a day-to-day basis?
This interview question is a great way to dig deep into something you care about within an organisation, for example, you could ask about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) if that’s something close to your heart. Asking about something like this can help you understand how the company values and supports its employees from all backgrounds. It can also give you an idea of whether the company's values align with your own (VERY important for career fulfilment 🙌).
2. How do you think the company culture might evolve over the next 5 years?
In an interview setting, asking about the company's goals can give you insight into the company's direction and potential growth and whether or not this aligns with your career vision/what you want for your future self. It also shows that you're interested in the long-term future of the company and want to be a part of its success.
3. What does your training and development or employee engagement programming look like?
Knowing how the company supports the professional development of its employees can help you understand how the company values its employees and their growth. It also gives you an idea of what opportunities you might have to grow in the role which is very important for career fulfilment. Asking about the company's metrics for success can give you insight into how the company measures performance and what it values and whether this aligns with your ideals or not.
4. Can you please tell me about the last time you onboarded someone into this team and how you set them up for success?
Knowing how new hires are onboarded can be extremely telling, so it’s a great question to ask in an interview. Gaining a glimpse into how their systems work and their team collaborates and communicates can help you understand how you might fit into the team as well as what you can contribute to the team's success. You could also ask about a recent project - this can give you insight into the team's work and how it approaches problem-solving and caters to new hires who are still learning the ropes. It can also give you an idea of what you might be working on if you're hired for the role.
5. What would make the difference between doing a good job in this role and an EXCELLENT job in this role?
Asking this thought-provoking interview question shows that you're interested in the qualities the company values in its employees. It can also give you an idea of whether you're a good fit for the role and what you need to do to succeed - we ALL want to succeed, right?!
6. What does the growth trajectory look like for this role?
This interview question is excellent if you’re a high-achiever (I already know you are 😉) and want the opportunity to be developed and continuously step up/improve (who wouldn’t want that?). Whether or not they have plans like this in place can also give you an idea of the company's values and how it treats its employees and their long-term careers.
Well, there you have it! 6 powerful questions to ask at the end of your next interview to leave the interviewer wanting more. Ultimately, asking strategic and thought-provoking questions at the end of an interview can help you learn more about the company, the role, and whether it's a good mutual fit for both you and the company/role. It also shows that you're interested in the company and the opportunity to work with them on some epic projects!
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