There's more to effective interviewing than just coming up with good answers: you also need to ask the right questions. As part of your interview preparation, review the five questions below, and practice delivering them confidently as you would do in your interview.
As a manager, what skills and working style are you looking for in an ideal candidate? When you ask this question, you're showing the employer that you care about their priorities in making the best hire. By asking this question after you've already discussed your credentials, you can also open the door to making a few final points before the end of the interview that will be of direct interest to your potential manager. Listen closely to how the interviewer answers this question. If he or she mentions specific skills, background or working style that fit your experience but that you didn't mention earlier, it's appropriate to bring up those points after the employer finishes answering the question. Keep your comments brief since the interview is drawing to a close, but do make sure that the employer knows these additional ways that you indeed are the ideal candidate based on the manager's preferences.
What has your experience with this company and department been like, and what are your favorite things about working here? Since a job interview is your chance to interview the company while they interview you, it's important to ask the hiring team questions that will help you decide if it's the right fit for you, too. By asking about what the manager likes about the company and department, you may glean details about whether you would enjoy it as well. You might also be able to detect a red flag about the company, supervisor or position if the interviewer answers this question hesitatingly, or negatively.
What criteria does the company use to determine success in this role? This question provides another avenue for emphasizing your interest in succeeding in the position. Pay attention to whether the criteria that lead to success at the company fit your strengths and skill set. For example, some companies use 360-degree feedback to gather input for your evaluation from peers as well as your supervisor. Other companies are more top-down in terms of a traditional review hierarchy and process. You can factor this information into your decision if you do receive one or more job offers.
What types of challenges are most important for you to solve in this department, and could I help solve them for you from this position? Asking this question will give you a good idea of the issues that the department is currently facing. If the interviewer mentions a challenge that you have experience solving from a previous position, be sure to mention it during this segment of the interview. You can share specific strategies that you used to solve the problem or suggest ways that you might approach it for the current company, but keep your comments brief at this stage of the interview, since the focus should now be on the employer's answers.
What will the next step be in the hiring process? You don't want to leave the interview without knowing what to expect next in terms of timing and logistics. By asking this question, you not only reveal your interest in expediting the process, but you might also open the door to learning a few details about the competition, such as how many more interviews the company plans to conduct. Be sure that the employer gives you a general idea about when you can expect to hear back about any next steps, like a second interview, and when they are targeting completion of the hiring process to get someone (hopefully you) started.
While asking someone else questions might seem like the easy part of your interview experience, don't underestimate the importance of asking the right questions. Posing a few of the questions above at the end of an interview will help demonstrate to the hiring manager or recruiter that you're a qualified candidate with strong interest in this specific job, and that you share the employer's interest in confirming you're the best fit for the position.
Source From: money.usnews