Many people have certain predetermined ways they think interviews should go, and that mostly does not include asking questions. People view interviews as one of their worst experiences, and probably mess them up with such thinking, while instead interviews can be handled better, to make them interesting experiences that work to their benefit. One such way is by asking the right questions.
Asking questions during interviews is necessary because it gives the employer the feel that you are actually interested in the job. Having the conversation one way may not work for you if your intention is leaving a great first impression. You should have questions beforehand that you intend on asking the interviewer, but be careful to listen to some of them that may be answered as the interview progresses, so as not to repeat or sound overconfident.
Having questions during an interview also works to lighten things up as it makes the conversation more interesting than having a normal interrogative interview.
So what kind of questions then can you ask?
- You can ask questions on what you didn’t understand about your role, other people or departments you’re going to work with, or how your performance will be weighed. Such questions show the interviewer that you are interested in the role and the contribution you are going to make working for them.
- You can ask the interviewer about their position and their experiences working with the company. These questions will probably lighten things up and ease the mood during the interview. They will also give you a feel of what working for the company is like so you know what you are signing up for when you accept the job.
- You can also ask the interviewer if there are chances of progressing in your career from your role. This shows the interviewer that you are focused on not just getting the job but also advancing and learning while you’re on it.
- Finally, after the interview you could ask the interviewer what the next step is so you can prepare for it.
Asking such questions will show the interviewer that you are interested in the job and will probably sell you more as a suitable candidate for the position than other passive candidates. You therefore have to have the right questions, that are relevant, which could help you progress into the next stage of the hiring process and know what you are getting yourself into so you can decide if you will take the job or not.