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Asking Questions in an Interview
At the end of every interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. Many candidates make the mistake of saying “I do not have any questions” or “No, I think we covered everything!” Your goal is to stand out from the crowd, not appear boring and unimaginative. If you ask the employer good questions, it will show that you are genuinely interested in the company, you have done your research and you are curious to know more.
Why is Asking the Right Questions Important?
When candidates apply for a job, they are not just hired for their skills or qualifications. What else do employers consider when choosing a candidate? The candidates who are selected are the ones who left a lasting impression during the interview. In order to be hired, it is essential for you to stand out from the crowd and show that you are not only a good fit for the position, but the best fit for the position.
Most of the interview involves the interviewer asking you questions. When the opportunity arises, you should ask questions that will steer the conversation in the direction you want it to go. Think of the interview as an opportunity to find out if the company is the right fit for you — not only for the interviewer to decide if you are the right fit for the company.
Ask as many questions as you want to about the company, the work environment or your growth opportunities within the company.
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Here are a few examples of good questions you can ask your interviewer at the end of an interview:
Q.1. Who will be my supervisor?
It is nice to know ahead of time who will be supervising you. Getting along with your supervisor is important, and in order to get along with someone, you need to know what he or she is like. You might even get a chance to meet this person and make a good impression on him or her.
Q.2. When will the hiring decision be made?
This question will demonstrate your enthusiasm for working with the company. Letting them know you can start as soon as possible might affect the hiring decision in your favour!
Q.3. How will the successful candidates be notified?
Like the previous question, this question shows that you have confidence in yourself, and you believe that you will be the successful candidate.
Q.4. What are my possible advancement opportunities within the company?
This questions will let the interviewer know you are planning to stay with the company long-term. Companies want employees who plan to stay with them, and employees that switch companies often can be viewed as unreliable.
Q.5. What are the training opportunities within the company?
This is a good question to ask after asking about advancement opportunities within the company. Showing interest in courses and programs expresses your desire to gain more knowledge and learn new skills. If they see that you are dedicated to self-improvement, the company will view you as an asset and want to invest in you.
Q.6. What is the appropriate dress code for the company?
This conveys that you are detail-oriented and want to be the ideal employee for the company. You will be seen as someone who wants to make a good impression, and all employers want people like this on their team.
Asking these questions will show that you are serious about the job and leave a long-lasting impression on your interviewer.
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