Closing an interview
At the moment, the job market is tough. There are more candidates than ever before, and the market has changed from being candidate driven to employer driven. Therefore, if you are interested in the role you are interviewing for then it is imperative you do everything possible to secure that role for yourself.
As you near the end of your interview, the interviewer will likely turn to you and say, “So, do you have any questions for me?” The answer should always be yes. In fact, many employers automatically reject candidates who do not have questions because they don’t seem sufficiently interested in the role. Make those questions great ones, pick one or two and never ask anything which is already outlined in the job description.
We have compiled 5 questions we suggest you should ask a hiring manager after your interview:
What is your favourite thing about working for this company?
Asking about your interviewer's personal experience will provide you with additional insight into the company's culture as well as allows you to create a sense of rapport with the interviewer. It’s important to get a sense of your interviewer’s opinions about working there. If enthusiasm flows easily, that’s a great sign. If it doesn’t, that is worth noting too. Additionally, this question could provide you with an inside view of the best aspects of working for the company.
What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role look like?
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Success and happiness in a job boils down to contentment with the nitty-gritty of the everyday.
Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
The response you receive will give you an insight into the company's progression plans and its place in the market, while giving you a general idea about job security. You may also get a heads-up on any major upcoming projects.
Asking about future plans shows a real interest in the organisation and reiterates your commitment to the company.
How would you describe the culture here?
Asking a question about the culture or environment is not only a great way to suss out whether you’ll fit in well at the business, but it will also show some commitment to taking the job, once offered. (You’re interested in more than just the role and business history!
Is there anything I've said that makes you doubt I would be a great fit for this position?
If you are only going to ask one question. Ask this one. This is a rather more brazen way of emphasising some of your strengths. It suggests you are open to constructive criticism and willing to learn from the experience of others. It also gives you a real chance to address any weaknesses the interviewer may think you have. Finally, it allows you to finish on a high, re-stating why you think you are the right person.
Finally after the interview is done, summarize briefly why you’re the one for the job, find out the next steps in the hiring process and send thank you emails within 24 hours of the interview thanking them for their time (if appropriate). These steps wont guarantee a job offer but they will put you in the best position possible.
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