How you end an interview has the greatest impact on your interviewer. When you are wrapping up the interview, you must close strongly and leave a lasting impression on the minds of your potential recruiters.
You can do well at the interview by prepping well. You might have aced the handshake, anticipated the questions they asked, and won them over them with your smooth, skilleddemeanour and relevant work tales. But do you have in mind what are you going to say when the tables turn and you’re asked: “Do you have any questions for me?”
To resolve this dilemma of yours, read on and find out the four questions you should ask at every interview.
(1) How would you describe the culture of the office?
This question conveys to the interviewer that you’re already thinking about how you can fit in and add value to the company. It also provides to you an unofficial glimpse into what the company is like. This is the kind of information that you can’t necessarily fetch from online research. The interviewer is not very likely to tell you the “warts and all” version (after all, they brought you in because they may be inviting you to join the team and have no interest in scaring you away), but it’s a great way to get an initial feel for whether the job will truly be a good fit for you.
(2) What is your favourite part about working for this company?
This question engrosses the interviewer’s personal side. It allows them to give an opinion that isn’t essentially based on the company motto or the job description. The answer can be even more revealing about the daily life at the company than asking, “What’s the day-to-day like here?”
This question gives you a glimpse from the perspective of an employee on how they feel about the company. If they seem stumped by the question, or take too long to answer, or if the answer does not come across as genuine, it could be a red flag. This is also a good thing for you.
(3) What experience do you think had best prepared you for working here?
Yet again, this question engages with the interviewer and gets them responding openly without being too intrusive or personal. It also comes across that you’re invested in preparing for this job. It is an important question to ask, since it tells you about the kinds of skills that will serve you best in this role, regardless of what’s in the job description. For example, if the interviewer tells you that working for a chaotic small company prepared her for the “all hands-on-deck” attitude of this place, it tells you that teamwork is valued here.
(4) How would you describe the leadership style in the company?
Up to this point, it’s possible that the interview was focused on the job itself and your qualifications. This question takes it beyond the usual and tells you more about the expectations of the company for this job. It tells you whether the company is a hands-on management kind of company, or whether it is potentially micromanaging, or a leadership style that encourages employees to be more independent. It also shows the interviewer that you’re thinking about creating a fruitful relationship with your potential supervisor.