Whether you’re a fresh graduate or have been in the working field for years, job interviews will always be a daunting experience. However, I think we can all agree the most nerve-wracking part is when they ask you for your questions. Aoife Brady, the Talent and Attraction Specialist at the Benevolent Society, shares, “The best questions I’ve experienced as an interviewer are ones that show the candidate is interested in the role and want to check the opportunity is the right fit for them as a person.” What to ask at the end of your job interview plays a crucial role as it’s a chance to make conversations, build rapport, gather information, and impress.
However, if you’re still unsure of what to ask, here is the ultimate list of intelligent questions you can ask to fill in that awkward silence while also scoring some brownie points by impressing the employer!
1. How would you describe your organisation’s culture?
This question is vital in order to provide you with a broad overview of how the employees view the company and whether it prioritizes their people’s health, goals, and happiness.
2. What do you like most about working for this company?
It’s important to remember that everyone loves to talk about themselves, and trust me, the interviewers included. Probing the interviewers about their personal view of the company will create a sense of camaraderie and also give you first-hand insight on the pros and cons of working there.
3. What sort of training is involved and how will my performance be measured?
Especially for those of you who are fresh graduates with no experience, this question showcases that you are eager to learn and develop your skills to succeed in your role. It will also provide you with some information about the organization and its structure for their employee’s development.
4. What does a typical day look like for someone in this role?
If you’re a fresh graduate, this will be a plus in your book as you will get a clearer idea of what you’ll be doing day-to-day. Moreover, it will also show enthusiasm as you will seem eager to learn and be prepared for the role.
5. Can you share with me some of the goals the company is working towards for the future?
Showing interest in the progress and future of the company shows that you’re not only here for the job and money. Especially if you are interviewed by the leader of a company, understanding their vision will give you a better idea of what you can bring to the table to help meet those goals.
6. Would there be an opportunity to progress further down the line?
By asking this question, it will show that you have a clear plan for your future career and you are willing to stay long-term in the company. Thus, it’s important that you are aware of whether there are any progression opportunities to move up in the company so that you won’t have to be disappointed in the future.
7. Whom would I be reporting to? Will I be working in a team and if I am, how many are there and what is the dynamic like?
The simplest question you can ask is to get a better idea of how many bosses you’ll have and how many people you will need to get acquainted with.
8. What are the next step in your recruitment process and when will I hear from you?
It’s natural that some employers tend to take their sweet time before getting back to you. Thus, asking this will give you a rough idea of when you’ll get a response and will save you a lot of time from incessantly checking your emails. It is also the best way to end your interview on a good note.
It’s important to remember that a job interview is a two-way street. You may have the wrong idea of its purpose being the interviewer’s way of assessing you. However, it is also your time to get to know the company, evaluate whether the role and company’s culture aligns with your goals and if you’ll flourish in it or not.