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Don’t Leave the Interview Without Asking These Questions

You rocked your answers—so much so that, by the end of your interview, there’s little left to discuss (except, of course, your start date). Chances are, your interviewer will then ask, “any questions for me?” 

That’s your cue to take some Q&A action. 

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Here’s your final opportunity to leave a lasting impression. Ask thought-provoking questions that leave the interviewer wanting to carry the conversation (and hire you for the role). 

Here are three questions you can use to stand out and leave a lasting impression:

  • “What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on?”
  • Gain insights into how the current employees carry out projects, as well as what type of projects you might take on if you’re hired. You want as much information about the daily responsibilities to figure out if you’d enjoy working at the company. 

  • “How have your responsibilities changed during your time working here?” 
  • This question offers details on employee promotions as well as the expected workload. You can also use this question to learn about different positions that you might be able to move into. 

  • “What qualities and attributes make an employee successful here?” 
  • You can gain insights into the company culture and expectations for efficient performance. For example, if your interviewer answers, “Someone who takes deadlines seriously,” you’ll know to be flexible when last-minute requests arise. 

    This also allows you to confirm whether a job fits your requirements. One job seeker shared a story of a hiring manager who, when prompted, simply said, “we work...a lot.” The look on her face drove home that this was easily an 80-hour plus position—something that didn’t jive with her plans to attend business school at night. 

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    Asking informed questions is a great way to show you did your homework, paid attention, and want to invest in taking the next step with this team.

    With the right questions, you’ll prove that you’re the articulate, engaged pro they need to hire. Two to four questions are ideal, then thank your interviewer for her time—be sure to follow up and send a brief thank you email to solidify your interest.

    Ace your interview questions and secure that job!