One of the more frustrating experiences that many of us may have to face in life is going through a job interview. We want to ensure that everything goes smoothly and we certainly want to make a good impression, knowing that first impressions are quite important.
When you actually find yourself in the hot seat, however, it’s important more than anything else to be prepared for everything that they come up during the interview.
Most people tend to focus on the questions that are asked of them during the interview and making sure that they are answered in such a way that will make a good impression from the start. In reality, the questions that are asked of you are only really part of the overall interview process.
It is also important for you to finish the interview properly because this goes beyond making a good first impression and it leaves a lasting impression in the mind of the person running the interview. One of the best ways to finish an interview strong is to ask the proper questions.
Here are 5 questions you can include at the end of your next interview:
Questions 1: Have I given you the answers to your questions?
This is a great way to kick things off at the end of the interview because it opens the field for additional questions. In addition, it gives the interviewer the opportunity to follow up on any issues that may be vague in their mind.
At that point, you can follow through with additional questions to clarify any issues that you may have. These issues could be associated with questions they asked during the interview or it could be about the responsibilities of the potential job.
Questions 2: Where do you see this position six months (or one year) from now?
One of the problems that many employers have today is that people tend to jump from one job to another rather quickly.
The statistics show that some workers stay at their job an average of four years but a surprising number of young employees tend to stay at the job for less than three years and sometimes, much less.
When you are being interviewed, it is not only to see if you are the right person for the job but it is also to ascertain if you are willing to stick it out for more than the average employee. Asking about the future of the job is a great way to get your foot in the door.
Questions 3: What issues may be associated with this position?
Asking this question is more than just trying to determine what problems you may face, it is also showing them that you are ready to face them.
More than likely, the interviewer will list a few issues that may arise but if they say that there won’t be any problems, they may be holding back.
Questions 4: What responsibilities are associated with this job on a daily basis?
Asking this question is doing more than helping them to see that you are the right person for the job, it helps you to see that the job is right for you.
They may have given you an overview during the interview process as to what you might face on a day-to-day basis but by asking this question, you are opening the floor for even more information.
Questions 5: What has been your experience working at this company?
The answer to this question will also provide valuable insight into the inner workings of the company.
In some cases, you may find that the interviewer opens up during this question because it gives them the floor to really voice their opinion. In addition, this type of question invites camaraderie between the interviewer and the interviewee.
Far too many interviews end with a handshake and the possibility of a follow-up email. This may seem perfectly natural but it also limits the possibilities of what can occur to make you the most likely candidate for the job. Take the time to ask questions and have a list of questions to pose. In doing so, you are paving the way for great things to happen.