7 smart questions you can ask during an interview

It is during interviews, that you can create your initial best impression. Asking the right questions also provides you with a better perception of the job and company, which you might have not yet discovered during your research.

Space
By
Cleo Pimentel Capili
May 7, 2018

It is during interviews, that you can create your initial best impression. So when the hiring manager asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” take advantage of this opportunity.

Asking the right questions also provides you with a better perception of the job and company, which you might have not yet discovered during your research. Answers to these questions can help you consider if you’ll be happy working for them.

Candidates may not realise this, but if you don’t ask questions, you may appear disinterested or less engaged than the prospective employer would like to hire. However, don’t just ask questions for the sake of asking questions. Think about your strengths and needs carefully while considering the questions to ask. This could be used to work in your favour.

To help you get a better sense of the role and the company, here are seven proven questions you can ask during your interview:

1. Aside from hard skills to do the job, what soft skills would you like to see from someone in this position?
Knowing the right skills the potential employer needs will not only prepare your mind and body for the job but it will also provide you with insights on how their culture and management strategies work. It is one of the first steps to gauge whether you would fit in and create a strategy on how to be indispensable at work.

2. How would you describe the company’s culture?
The answer to this question will give you a heads up of their corporate philosophy. From here, you will find out if the company’s main priority is human resources and their happiness.

3. What qualities are you looking for in an employee to advance his or her career in this firm?
Upon hearing this question, your potential employer will be able to display what the company can offer. It will also show that you care about your future while working for the company. If you can picture yourself in that job, then it is a good sign. Read the tips here on how to pitch your strengths and skills by sending a video CV.

4. How do you help your employees grow competently and professionally?
This question shows that you are skilled and willing to work hard to grow along with the company towards success. Bigger companies look for people who are thinking long-term as they invest in their potentials and expertise.

5. What is your timeline for making a final decision, and when can I expect to hear back from you?
Without a doubt, asking about their timeline tells them you are very interested to fill the role and eager to hear their decision soon. This should be every candidate’s ultimate goal during an interview to know when to follow up or when it is time to move on.

6. Where do you see the company five years from now and how would this role contribute to the company’s vision?
Think of the big-picture. This question will show the interviewer that you want to stay with the company long-term. If you do, make a lasting impression in whatever role you end up at during the progress of your career.
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7. Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?
This very simple question can give you peace of mind in case you feel that you have not expressed everything in your resume in detail. Do not worry as this is polite to ask and shows that you want to cover all your bases.

These questions will put the pressure off you during the interview. It will show your enthusiasm and eagerness but with grace.