Finish the Interview Strong

interviewingThe interview is almost over and now it’s your time to ask questions, but what questions should you ask? Well, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you so ask questions that you really want answers to. By asking questions you care about, it shows you’re both interested and you did your research. Have questions ready!

One of the best questions you can ask is “Do you have any concerns about my ability to perform this job that I can address?” This question is great because if the interviewer has any concerns about hiring you, it gives you a chance to address them. Be sure to sound confident when asking this question to avoid sounding unsure of your answers. You can  try different variations of this question. The main point of it is to make sure the interviewer is made well aware that you are qualified for the job and are the right person for it. Another great tip is to ask a question or two that references something that the interview said in the interview. Whether it’s a panel interview or 1 on 1, use their name when you refer to something they said. It makes them feel important and brings your personal connection closer, which increases their chance of hiring you. Here are some other great questions to ask:

  • What would be a typical day in this position?
  • State that you want to fit in, then ask “What is the company culture”?
  • Why is this position open? Follow-up by asking about turnover if you feel it’s necessary
  • State you would like to perform the job as best as possible, then ask “Is there any training, and what type”?
  • Ask about your supervisor’s management style and/or how the company is managed (ie top-down, micro-managed, or more relaxed with greater emphasis on individual employee responsibility)
  • What is the level of responsibility for this position?

These questions will give you more insight into the your daily life in the job, the company’s culture, and the management style; however, the question you must ask in a way you feel comfortable is “Can I Have The Job? ” Some recruiters won’t even hire a candidate if the job wasn’t asked for so show initiative and some die hard interest by being the only candidate that actually asks for the job! Think about this question and word it in a way that you feel comfortable with because many people feel it’s too pushy or salesman like, but think about it, it’s the only reason why you are having that meeting so don’t let this opportunity pass you by. An example of how you could word it as a statement would be “I am very interested in this position, and if the position is offered to me I would gladly take it.”

Lastly, ask them what method of contact is most convenient (ie email, phone) and what day should you follow up with them. Asking this will give you inside information on the how to best contact them, as well as a better chance of actually getting in-touch. Now that the interview is over, don’t forget to follow-up and send a Thank You letter. Check out my post on How Often to Follow-Up and get tips from a sample Thank You Letter.

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