Good questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interviewChen Wan Lim
Interviews are always two ways. In a traditional interview, potential employers will always start with the questioning and the potential employee will provide answers to those questions. At the end of the interview, potential candidates are then given the opportunity to ask questions instead. Some would argue that this part of the interview is the most important part as you will be graded on the type and complexity of the questions you ask, your understanding of the company and job role and your general interest in the vacant position. Failing to ask the right questions could indicate that you are either not interested in the position, ill-prepared or simply both. The idea and goal of asking questions at the end of an interview are not just to know more about the company or role but to accentuate your positive points which you might not have highlighted earlier.
Here are some good questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview:
Company related questions
Question 1: Can you please tell me more about the company culture, especially the department that I could potentially be in?
Rationale: This question shows your interest in knowing the company at the employee level and is designed to know whether you will be a good fit for the company.
Question 2: What is the aim of the company in the next 5 to 10 years?
Rationale: This question indicates your desire to be a long term team member of the organisation and to also see if the company’s long term goal is something you would want to be part of.
Question 3: What are the main challenges faced by the company, especially in the industry that it operates in?
Rationale: This question is designed to show your desire in knowing and trying to solve the issues faced by the company in your own capacity.
Question 1: How will I be evaluated in the role that I am interviewing for?
Rationale: This question aims to discover how you will be evaluated and how you can best add value to the company. Also, asking this question will indicate your eagerness and that you are already thinking and planning on your potential contribution to the organisation.
Question 2: What are the challenges with this job position?
Rationale: The intention of this question is to understand the challenges associated with the role but more importantly, to display your keenness in knowing more in depth about the job and to display your problem-solving skills by giving the interviewer an example of similar challenges you faced in your previous role and how you solved it.
Question 3: What is the progression prospect for this role?
Rationale: Not only do you want to know your career ladder, you will also want to display to your interviewer that you are ambitious and forward looking.
Lastly, to further display your commitment to the interview process and the job, you will want to ask this final question, “What are the next steps for this interview process?”. With this final question, you will allow the interviewer to bring you through the next steps and also indicate when they will be contacting you should you be successful. Also, this final question will allow both you and the interviewer to end the interview session on a positive note.