Have you ever experienced that awkward “sound” of silence during an interview? You know, when the interviewer asks if you have any questions and by the time the fifth interviewer meets you, you’re pretty much out of ammo? Cue crickets.
And then, of course, he or she looks at you quizzically like how is it possible to not even have one question?
According to a piece by CareerBliss (via FlexJobs), there are several questions you should always ask. And as your friend, we’re here to say it’s wise to keep them in your back pocket at all times. If you have four people to meet, ensure you don’t ask every single question so there are indeed crickets during the last interview. Hold onto at least two questions for the last one.
In case you’re wondering, you can repeat questions to each person — our favorite entails asking them how long they’ve been working there and why they like it. But to mix things up and keep it fresh since they’ll likely compare notes, you may want to ask different questions to get different perspectives.
- What kind of characteristics are you looking for in the candidate?
- If this is a new position, what prompted the company to decide to create it?
- Do you have any hesitations regarding my background?
- How would you measure performance for this position?
- What do you see as the key challenges facing a person in this position?
- What makes this company different from competitors in the industry?
- What happened to the person who held this job previously?
- If you were evaluating my success 6 months from now what would make it a home-run?
- Where will the company be in three to five years and how will it get there?
- What challenges are being faced by the company?
What’s your go-to question? Sound off below in the comments!