A successful job interview isn’t just about having the right answers. They are also about asking the right questions. The questions should be designed to make the interviewer sit up and take notice while demonstrating that you did your due diligence about the job and show keen understanding in where the industry is headed.
Don’t squander an opportunity to shine by asking mundane questions the interviewer has heard before. Here are some sample questions that showcase you have come prepared to ace the interview:
1. What are you most passionate about in your job? What do you most enjoy about working here?
You might get a ‘flat’ response – if you do, that says a lot. If you hear a passionate response that truly aligns with your values e.g.: the company’s attitude towards diversity and inclusion or the company’s commitment to employees and respect for the individual, take it as a sign that you’re onto a good thing.
2. What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate? Or, what do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
Ask this and be prepared to have this question re-directed at you. You’ve obviously given your suitability to the role some thought, so here’s your opportunity to shine!
3. What is your management style?
A key question. You’ll have gone into the interview asking yourself whether your working style if a good fit with your potential future employer and colleagues. Listen out for a sense of this person’s working style and see if it aligns with yours.
4. What does success look like here?
A responsible and very smart open question that covers a lot of ground. You’re inadvertently opening a conversation on how employees are treated, the company’s internal processes, and future opportunities for promotion. The answer to this will tell you a lot.
5. What is the company’s approach to failure?
While it may seem to be a dangerous question, every company has had to deal with matters not going its way at some point. The answer to this will tell you a lot about the company culture. Listen for positive responses – anecdotes about transformation, agility and flexibility – and ask yourself if this company is truly one you desire to be in.
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