By Audrey Korir
An interview is a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skills. In return, you need to prepare questions to ask your interviewer.
As your job interview comes to a close, therefore, one of the final questions you may be asked is “Do you have any questions for me?” Here, your interviewer will expect you to have some questions.
Ms Lucy Karwigi, an interview coach at Corporate Staffing Services who helps professionals prepare for interviews, advises that you should always prepare at least two questions to ask. “If you don’t ask any questions, you could seem unprepared or disinterested, so it’s always wise to be prepared,” she says.
So what are some of the best questions to ask at the end of the interview?
Top Questions To Ask In An Interview
As you go on with your interview preparation, here are great questions to ask in an interview.
1. Questions about the job
When asking about the job, the number one rule is to never ask an obvious question or one that was already discussed in the course of the interview. If you ask something that was already covered in the interview, the employer will not take you seriously. So, think about something extra you would want to know about the position that was not in the description or not mentioned during the interview.
Good interview questions about the position would be;
- Can you tell me how exactly this position became vacant? Asking this question will help portray you as confident with your potential employers, especially if they had any doubts about you earlier.
- What exactly would be expected of me if I were hired in this position? The upside of asking this question is to ascertain that you will not come to any surprises once hired. An advertisement for a position only tells so much and sometimes does not really cover everything you will be required to do.
2. Questions about the Company or Organization
Another area you could ask creative questions in the interview is about the organization. This helps you identify with the company culture before deciding if it is the right working environment for you. Here are unique interview questions to ask employer:
- What would you say is the greatest value for this organization and how will my role help in realizing this? Everyone has something they believe in when it comes to what they can do and what they can’t. This question will help you determine if the values of the company match yours.
- Can you tell me how this organization measures performance? Every role has its expectations and what you are expected to have done over a certain period of time. So, if they have not mentioned this so far, take the time and ask about how success is measured. Most employees struggle in their roles when management gets it wrong with measuring performance.
3. Questions for your interviewer
Think of great questions to ask the interviewer during the interview as you want to impress them and keep them remembering you. Here, making the questions you ask to be about them can work well in your favour. So, think carefully about what you would like to know about the interviewers without going overboard. It is one of the best ways to relate with the organization and understand the culture.
What to ask;
- What do you enjoy most about working here? By asking this question, you put the employer on the spot. Now please remember that this question should only be asked when interviewing at the organization you will be working for and not during your first interview at a recruitment firm. If they are struggling to come up with a response, then you will probably have a hard time too. This will help you understand if working for the company will be interesting or a hard-hitting process for you.
- Do you have any misgivings regarding my suitability for this position? This may be one of the most important questions to ask in an interview, as a job seeker. Think about it; if in case you miss out on the position, you can always know where you fell short and work on it the next time. It will also show the interviewers that not only do you want to get hired, but you are willing to learn and improve on areas you lack in.
Remember, the interview questions you choose to ask will determine how confident, qualified or committed you are to that particular role.
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