“Do you have any questions for me?” is something that nearly every employer asks at the end of an interview. My response is usually something along the lines of “nope, I think you pretty much covered everything,” and then there is a rather uncomfortable silence where I know I should have asked something, anything. I have always been told that asking questions impresses employers and shows that you are very interested in the position and eager to get to know the company. However when the time comes, my mind just draws a blank. I recently read an article (http://m.inc.com/?incid=43654) that has officially alleviated that problem and has given me great questions to ask during an interview. These questions are:
- What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?
- What are the common attributes of your top performers?
- What are a few things that really drive results for the company?
- What do employees do in their spare time?
- How do you plan to deal with major challenges?
These questions show the employer that you are eager to get to know the company. They also show that you want to meet the company’s expectations right from the start. By asking what employees do in their free time you get a sense of what kind of relationship people within the company have with each other. All of these questions give the interviewee a sense of what the company is like and how they will fit in. Asking questions also show the potential employer that you are really invested in the job and you want to know as much as possible to have a high potential for success. Employers will appreciate that you are curious about their company and they will be impressed that you actually have questions to ask them.
What questions do you ask potential employers after an interview? Let us know!
This guest blog post was written by PRowl Public Relations staff member London Faust