5 Great Questions to Ask at an Interview

You’ve managed to get through the interview and you feel like you’ve performed well, but then they hit you with, “Do you have any questions for us?”  You don’t, but you know that you can’t say that.  You need to ask a question that paints a picture of you as the perfect candidate.  Here are five questions that will help you make the right impression:

What training opportunities are available?  This question demonstrates that you are focused on your career and that you are interested in expanding your skills.

What are the top priorities for this position for the first few months?  This question shows that you are picturing yourself in the role and that you are already invested in the organization.

What is the biggest challenge for this position?  This question shows that you are enthusiastic about actually doing the job and it gives you information that you may be able to use later on.

What are the most important qualities that you are looking for in a candidate?  This question will let you know which of your qualities you need to emphasize in your thank you letter and in any future conversations with the employer.

What are your plans for…  You can fill in the details of this question using the knowledge you have gained from your experience and from your company research.  By asking questions that are specific to the job, you demonstrate your understanding of the role.

When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, it is usually your last chance to impress them.  Make sure that you make the most of this opportunity.  Of course, you should never ask about salary or vacation at this time.  You don’t want to leave the employer with the impression that you are only interested in the extrinsic rewards of the job.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)

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