Questions You Should Ask In A Job Interview

You’ve come to the last few minutes of the interview, and your interviewer finally asks, “Do you have any questions from me?” Everyone knows it’s the ultimate blunder if you don’t ask questions at the end of an interview. While often overlooked when preparing for an interview, the right end-of-interview questions can make you stand out as a candidate. They’re also a chance for you to find out if the role is right for you and what you want. I’ve uncovered the best questions that will increase your chances of getting the job, and a list of questions to ask your hiring manager that will impress them but also give you more insight as to whether the role and culture are right for you.

The best question to ask that will increase your chances of getting the job is:

Are there any requirements for the position that I have not adequately demonstrated for you today?

This question works in your favor because once the interviewer answers it lets you state your case, if the interviewer thinks you’re lacking any skills for the position. Your answer should demonstrate that you’re aware of the experience you’re lacking and how you make up for it in other areas. Also, you’ll get a sense of where you stand in the interviewer’s mind. Another way to ask this question is: What would the “perfect” candidate look like? How do you assess my experience in comparison? What gaps do you see?

Here is a list of other questions to ask your hiring manager:

  • What are the key accomplishments you would like to see in this role over the next year?
  • How can I help you get a “gold star” during your next review?
  • Describe your leadership style in three words.
  • Why did you join this company? Why do you stay?
  • Why is this position open?
  • What’s the biggest challenge your team has faced this year? How did you handle it?
  • What is your team’s proudest accomplishment this year?
  • What project are you most excited about this year?
  • What’s one thing that’s key to this company’s success that somebody from outside the company wouldn’t know about?
  • What are your group’s best and worst working relationships with other groups in the company?

Employers like to see critical and thoughtful candidates, so asking insightful questions is just as valuable as considerate answers. The best questions to ask are the ones that you can’t find with a simple Google search. Are there any other questions that you like to ask at the end of interviews?