Let me guess… You went for a job interview and just before the end of the interview, the interviewer asked you–Do you have any question for me?
Gbam! I thought you’d do the questioning? You muttered to yourself. You were dumbfounded and speechless. *In a shaky voice* “Not at all sir”; you said.
Perhaps, you thought that’s the right thing to do. But you need to know two things about an interview:
#A- An interview is a double edged sword
You might be the ideal candidate yet you’d hate the job after starting. Perhaps, you don’t regret it because you’ve been jobless for a while but it’s worse when you had to quit your former job.
As you’re being assessed, assess the position you’re being interviewed for through your interviewer. Be sure to go home convinced it’s the job you’ve been searching for. Or at least, better than your current job.
#B- You’re not the only ideal candidate
Numerous graduates are produced yearly, and several long-time graduates are still jobless. This reminds you that countless ideal candidates are out there.
Lucky you, you qualified for the interview. Obviously, you need to make the interviewer feel you’re the best candidate for the job.
Every other candidate is asked almost the same question you were asked. Most likely in the same manner. So what would you be doing differently?
Be interactive! Ask questions to prove you’re intelligent. Ask questions to show you’re ready for the job.
Yes! It’s that simple!
Now the obvious question–What are the right questions to ask?
Listed below are 7 smart and intelligent questions to ask in an interview:
#1- Is this a fresh position? If not, why did the former person leave?
Most interviewers are of the opinion that only an interviewee with balls can ask this question. Nevertheless, this question helps you plan on how to do your job diligently.
If the former person was sacked, why he was sacked could be an additional advantage. This helps you understand one or two downsides of the position.
#2- How would you describe the ideal candidate for the job?
This creates familiarity between the interviewer and the interviewee. It also gives you heads-up on what to expect. You can figure out if you have the skills needed for the job or not from the interviewer’s response.
Though some interviewers can be quite tricky, but you can still deduct a thing or two from his/her response.
#3- What are the challenges of this position?
This sounds like you’re confident and ready to take up the challenges involved. Employers need challenges surmounted and they’d be happy to have someone who’s capable.
It leaves a good impression on the interviewer.
#4- Who do you consider your major competitors? What are you doing to better them?
This suggests to your interviewer how creative you can be. Possibly from his answer, you can also suggest a way to better their competitors.
I know what you’re thinking–What? In an interview? Am I giving a free consultation? Yes, you are! Life is give and take structured.
#5- If you were to hire me, what might a typical day at work look like?
This suggests how easy you can fit into the job. It encompasses job description which is vital to your success.
It also gives you heads-up on what to expect.
#6- What’s next after this interview?
This is a passive means of follow-up. Many a time, you don’t know what to do after the interview to follow up.
The answer of the interviewer gives you a great insight on how and what to do next–follow up.
#7- Is there anything else I can provide to help make your decision?
This is advantageous in two ways. If there’s a skill needed which you didn’t include in your CV, it gives your interviewer an avenue to ask.
It also serves as a form of cheerful Goodbye to your interviewer which creates a positive last impression.