Job interviews can be an exciting and yet intimidating experience. You answer an assortment of questions, which hopefully allow you to demonstrate that you are the best candidate. Then comes the final question, "Do you have any questions for me?" Your mind might go blank at this point if you have not adequately prepared for this question.
While there are many responses to this question, the best answer will do two things.
- First, it will demonstrate that you have been listening and want to understand the role or the company better.
- Second, your question should demonstrate that you think big with a focus on an industry-related question. This might be a question about how the company will be influenced by a new product or how the company plans to react to a recent advancement a competitor has made in the industry.
To ensure that you go into the interview ready to ask the right questions, plan ahead. Have a few questions ready before the interview. As the interview progresses, think of ways you can expand upon those questions. You do not need to have a whole bunch of questions. One or two quality questions that demonstrate that you have listened and done your research will be a lot better than a bunch of questions that do not make you stand out.
Just as important as asking the right questions is avoiding the wrong types of question. Some of the wrong types of questions may include:
- Questions that demonstrate laziness or a lack of dedication to the company. This may include, "When will I start getting vacation days?" or "Do I have to work long hours?"
- Questions that show that you may potentially be a problem employee, such as, "How strict are your background checks?" or "Can I move to another part of the company if I don't get along with my boss?"
- Questions that show that you only care about the money. This may include, "How soon will I get a raise?" or "Do you give good holiday bonuses?"
Of course, before focusing on the right questions to ask during an interview, you need to find the right job. If you need help finding a great job, please contact us and also visit the Career Advice section of our blog.
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