Questions for an Interviewer
You’ve come to the end of your interviewer’s questions and after having given what you thought were pretty great answers, your interviewer seems less enthusiastic than you’d hoped. As she begins to wrap things up, you start to panic but don’t know how to reengage her. If only you had an ace up your sleeve to make a huge impression right before you walk out the door! Finally, she asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”. Many applicants, at this juncture, will either discount the opportunity to do so entirely or waste it on a meaningless question like, “When can I expect to hear back from you?”.
With a flooded job market, it’s becoming more and more difficult to stand out. Even if you’ve made it through to the interview round, there is still some stiff competition out there and nailing the interview is the name of the game. Your resume has taken you as far as it can, and the rest relies on how well you perform during your interview. Asking questions is not only a creative way to separate yourself from the horde of other applicants, but it is also the single best way to define your interview as interesting and memorable. Additionally, it’s an effective way to show the interviewer that you understand the big picture in a sophisticated way. Here are three phenomenal questions to ask at an interview that will stun and impress your interviewer.
How would you describe the right person for this role who will become successful in your eyes?
This is a remarkable question because it shows your desire to be successful in your employment, not simply be employed. Everyone wants a paycheck, but not everyone wants to excel in their profession. It shows the interviewer that you are also selective about what you choose to pursue and want to make sure it’s a good fit for all.
What do you feel your department does exceptionally well and what could use improvement?
Use this question with discretion. This question is not for someone applying for an entry-level position, but rather a senior or management position. Someone who they expect to implement processes or enforce standards. Also, if you are interviewing for a consultancy position, this is an appropriate question. Again, it shows your maturity as a leader. To convey that you wish to integrate into a system, yet also improve its output.
What goals are you currently working towards with your department?
This question will blow an interviewer away – mostly because many of them won’t have an immediate answer for you. The harder you stump them, the more you are etched into their memory. The question itself is prodigious in its ability to communicate that you are a team player and are ready to jump right in and roll up your sleeves. It shows the interviewer that you are eager to be a collaborator and contributor.
The interview process is no longer about your qualifications, but rather your suitability for the job. What do I mean by this? Simply put, the interviewer wants to ensure that the qualifications listed on your resume are supported by meaningful experience, allowing you to understand key concepts needed to succeed in the role you are applying for. By asking powerful and insightful questions, you have strategically placed yourself as the candidate who undeniably “gets it”.