Where do you see the company in 5 years?
Everyone loves to dream. This is a way to make the interviewee dream about the future and where they see the company going. If you’re being interviewed by the CEO, this question could have the potential to brighten their day as they get the chance to share their vision and dreams with you.
If you’re being interviewed by the director of a specific department, ask this person how they see the department changing over time. It’s the same question but with a slight modification that strokes their ego as it makes them feel a sense of ownership over their department. As a result, they’ll be emotionally connected to their answer and enjoy the experience of having a chance to dream.
What are the company weaknesses?
This is a tough one for some folks but if you want to really earn the respect of the interviewer, this is one question that shows you’re not just a pretty face. This is a question that most interviewers are going to ask you, so why not turn the tables on them?
What do you offer in regards to educating the staff?
You need to know if you’re going to be thrown to the wolves or if you’re going to have the opportunity to learn. The typical employer will mention that they do regular lunch and learns with their staff or maybe even give employees a credit towards Amazon books. The answer to this question will help you gauge how much the employer values education and training. One of the most important aspects of any career.
Why is the position open?
Did someone quit? Is someone on maternity leave? Or is this the first time the company has hired someone for this role? The answer to this question is important because it will offer some great insight around what you can expect for your day to day and whether or not the role is going to offer stability.
When can i expect to hear from you?
The intent of this question is simple; set an expectation. This information lets you know when you can expect to hear back from the interviewer and in the right situation, it can position you as someone who might have other options on the table.
So there you have it.
Seven questions that you can ask during an interview that will impress the hiring manager or your potential boss. The key to being a successful interview candidate is found in your preparation, confidence and competence. Asking questions like those above is a great way to differentiate yourself from the pack and be seen as someone every organization would want on their team.
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