You’re in an interview for a position you’re really excited about. Things are going well. You’re having a great conversation and learning a more about the role. Then, the interview finally comes to a close and the hiring manager asks: “Do you have any other questions about the job or the company?” *insert blank stare*
Now is your time to shine but you, unfortunately, have drawn a blank. Instead of awkwardly coming up with a question at the last second, ask one of these insightful interview questions to leave a lasting impression.
What immediate impact can I make when I start this position?
By asking this question, you are doing two things:
1) Painting a picture in the interviewers’ minds that you are going to be hired. By saying “when I start this position,” you are essentially saying you are a good fit for the role and the interviewers will start picturing you in the position.
2) This will allow the employer to discuss any issues within the department or organization as a whole. This gives you an opportunity to address any last-minute problems the company is facing and illustrate how your background can help solves these issues.
If I get this job, who will be my mentor?
This question is really impactful and almost nobody asks it in an interview. By asking this question, you are showing that you are coachable and willing to learn from someone who has the experience to share. It also shows that you are thinking of the big picture. You’re not just thinking about landing the job, you are thinking about who will guide you to success in the position!
What do you enjoy about working here?
This is one of my go-to questions in any job interview. This provides a better understanding of the people in the room that you’ll be working with and it also gives you an idea of what it’s like to work for the employer. This question is so essential because it helps the interview end on a positive note; everyone is talking about all thing great things about their employer. Additionally, if people don’t have a lot of nice things to say about the employer, it may be a red flag to look for other opportunities out there.
When can I expect to hear from you?
This question is great to ask if it hasn’t already been addressed. This shows that you are eager about the opportunity and will give you an idea of when you can follow up with hiring manager if you don’t hear back from them by then. It also gives you a piece of mind of what the next steps are in the hiring process. Every company is different. Some take a few short weeks to fill a position while others take months. Knowing when you can expect a decision takes some of the stress off your plate and gives you an understanding of what to expect next!
Asking one these questions will step up your interview game and definitely leave your interviewers impressed. Good luck!