At the end of every interview, the recruiter will ask you if you have any questions of your own. Many people miss the opportunity to boost their chances of getting hired by not asking anything. The interviewer wants to know that you are interested in the position, so don’t even think about going into an interview without a few prepared questions for your potential employer.
“Why is this position open?”
Just as your interviewer might ask why you left your last job, you’ll want to ask this question to find out why the previous person left. It could just be that it’s a new position that they created, or the previous employee could have been promoted. However, it’s a load off your mind to know the reason in case it turns out that they quit for good reasons and not because the employer is horrible. You can also ask about turnover rates, albeit in a polite manner. If the turnover rate is high, you may want to steer clear of that company.
“What responsibilities will I have that aren’t listed on the application?”
Applications don’t tend to list every last detail of the job you’re applying for, nor does the Job Responsibilities Manual they’re likely to hand you. Asking this question shows that you are interested in the specifics of the job. Your potential employer will see this interest as enthusiasm for the job and attention to detail. Although asking for specifics is good, make sure you have a good idea of what the job will entail when you go into the interview. No one wants to hire someone who doesn’t know what job they applied for.
“How do you measure achievements and consider promotions?”
This question shows that you are ambitious and aim to work your way up through the ranks. Rather than hiring someone meek and unsuccessful, employers want candidates that have a desire to achieve and move up through the company. Their answer will also help you determine whether you will be able to do so. A company that tries not to promote its employees (payroll budget and increasing salaries are common reasons) will try and deflect their answer or avoid answering altogether. A good company will give you a straightforward answer.
“Is there anything on my resume that concerns you?”
This question is not for the faint of heart. It requires a considerable measure of confidence and willingness to accept constructive criticism. You have to be prepared to answer them when they raise concerns, but their answer is also a great opportunity to emphasize you strengths and solidify your qualifications for the job. You need to convince them that you’re the right person for the job, and this is a good way to do it.
If any of our readers have a suggestion for more questions to ask at an interview, we’d love for you to leave them in the comments section below. You could very well help another job seeker nail an interview with your question!