Successful job candidates ask interviewers insightful questions that make a lasting impression.
Your interviewer will test if you have the skills needed to become a consultant. And they will also give you the opportunity to ask them questions usually at the end of the interview. Asking the right questions during a job interview is the key to impress interviewers. To ensure that you end a potentially career-changing interview on a high, you’ll need to come ready with some intelligent questions.
Because on one hand, these questions are useful and the best bet you have to learn about the position and company. Your questions can show you’re qualified and interested in the job, which are two qualities that a hiring manager wants in every applicant.
Here are a few tips to help you ask sensible questions at the end of your interview:
How Could I Help Your Company Meet Its Goals?
How does this position fit in with the short- and long-term goals of the company?
The short-term side of the question gives you further insight into your potential role and helps you tailor the remainder of the discussion and your interview follow-up.
By bringing up long-term goals, you are telling the hiring manager that you’re there for the long run.
Would I be undergoing any training before starting work?
Asking this will show that you want to develop your skills and are striving to succeed in your job role. You need to have this information so you know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s helpful to know which is which before you accept a job offer that you’re not trained for.
This question showcases your motivation to continually advance in your career and develop your skillset.
What do you enjoy about working for this organization?
Asking about your interviewer’s personal experience will provide you with additional insight into the company’s culture as well as allows you to create a sense of rapport with the interviewer.
It’s personal, so you’re both connecting with the interviewer and learning about the organization.
What are the biggest opportunities/challenges facing the company right now?
No role is perfect, so if the interviewer didn’t proactively mention the challenges that come with it, it’s a good question to ask. This shows awareness; you understand that the role will have obstacles. Knowing the good is just as important as knowing the not-so-good.
You want to learn, grow professionally, and have opportunities to further your career. Asking this question will let you know right away if the company has a professional development program in place if they offer coaching, support continued education, and if you have opportunities to be promoted internally.
What does a typical day look like in this role?
Want to show you’re enthusiasm and gain a clearer picture of what the job entails day-to-day?
By learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed.
How Would You Describe the Company Culture?
You probably read about it on their website, but asking about company culture directly to the people you’re interviewing with allows you to get their own perspective.
Asking this question shows the interviewer that you care about finding the right cultural fit in your next position.
Every person who interviews you may have a different take on the most pressing parts of the role. Their perspectives and views can help you get a well-rounded picture of the keys to success.
Tips to remember before asking these questions:
- Avoid questions that revolve around how you stand to benefit from taking that job.
- Knowing which questions to avoid is just as important as knowing which questions to ask ( Be specific).
- Avoid these type of questions:
-“Do I have to do overtime?
– Will you guys pay me for my extra hours of work?”
-How many smoking breaks can I take each day?
-Avoid Questions with Obvious Answers
- Focus on asking quality questions.
- Avoid asking simple yes or no questions.
Express to your interviewer that you want this position and you are in this for the right reasons, not simply to fill your day with something to do.
And at the same time, you should also use that part of the interview to continue showing that you are a motivated and capable candidate.
An insightful question or two at the end of the interview may leave a lasting impression, as well as suggest that you’re keen to get hired.