There are 3 very good reasons to ask your interviewer thoughtful questions:
In this post not only will I share 5 brilliant questions to ask your interviewer, but I will also share some practical tips to help you avoid coming off as robotic and overly-rehearsed.
You can start off by asking a question about the interviewer themselves.
This acts as a transition to get the interviewer talking after having them mainly listen to you for the last 30 minutes.
Instead of asking something generic like “how do you like working here?” try this:
By just adding their job title and the number of years worked, you’ve changed the question enough to go from something you’ve clearly memorized for this occasion, to a tailored question for your interviewer.
And guess what? Finding this information on LinkedIn takes less than 5 minutes!
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The biggest mistake you can make is to ask questions you can find the answer to online.
And as you’ll soon see, the theme of this post is to ask questions only the interviewer, the person sitting across from you, can answer.
The second question to ask the interviewer is:
If you think back to a recent hire that impressed you, what characteristics did they have? What did they do?
This is an amazing question to ask because it prompts the interviewer to think about a specific person and provide concrete examples, making it much more meaningful than something like “what advice do you have for someone like me?”
Third question you want to ask in all your interviews. Who will I be working with most closely? Which teams will I be working with?
There are actually two reasons this is a must-ask:
Here's an example of a natural follow up:
You mentioned the marketing team gives heavy input on the content we share with clients. How is the dynamic between these two teams?
Nothing gets the hiring manager more excited than new hires demonstrating they are data-driven and results-oriented!
This shows the interviewer you are already thinking about the implication of those success metrics and gives you more insider information on how the teams work together.
The fifth question to ask is also the scariest to ask as an interviewee and that is: “Do you have any reservations or hesitations about hiring me?”
We are scared of asking this question because we’re not sure what to expect, but if you think about it, there are only 3 possible answers the interviewer can give you:
You get the “politician” answer, which is something like “nope it was great chatting with you, nothing jumps out so far. We’ll reach out with next steps.” Great! No harm done and you showed confidence in asking this question
The interviewer actually replies with something you can’t really defend against. You’re missing a hard skill or lacking in years of experience
Do not panic. Acknowledge this is an area you are still working on, then highlight transferable skills that apply to your situation. More often than not, the way you handle their objection matters a lot more than the substance of that objection.
You may be told something the interviewer straight up misunderstood.
This is your chance to demonstrate humility and turn a B+ interview into an A 🤩
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