5 Smart Interview Questions To Ask Employers After Your Interview

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The interview is over.  You feel like you must have done a good job because no recession-proof resume and thrown it in your face.  And now the question, seemingly so innocent: “Do you have any questions for us?”

Hmmmm…nice try, asshole, but I’m onto you.  This is a loaded question if there ever was one.  If you don’t believe me, give them the typical lame response about how they did such a good job of covering everything already, or better yet, ask if it’s okay to come in still half drunk on Monday mornings.

If you’d rather not be a complete idiot, here are 5 smart interview questions to ask that will get better results:

1.  “What do you want to see accomplished in your team department or company in the next three to six months?”

 

Now you’re thinking.  This one is great.  This shows that you are not just thinking about yourself but are thinking about getting them results in a measured amount of time and that you are actually putting thought (imagine that) into how you will achieve this or if it is possible.

2.  “What would be the ideal outcome?”

This one is similar in that it shows you care about their results and are trying to get a glimpse at what they’re hoping for.  It is also valuable to you because you can use it later in your follow-up letter to hit some of those hot buttons after they forgot what they told you.

3.  “How will you measure success?”

Interview questions to ask such as these shows that you are trying to get an understanding of what success means to them, and it also gives you an idea about how you will be judged in your role in the company.

4.  “How will the position specifically support that goal?”  “How does this position impact the organization overall?”

Interview questions to ask like this can show that you know you’re not a lone ranger, that you have a role in something bigger and that you are a part of a team.  This is a great display of a healthy working attitude and a propensity for teamwork.

5.  “I’d like to know what it takes to be successful in this company. What kind of efforts and hours do top performers put in?”

This gives the message that you want to be one of the best and subconsciously links you to those who really stand out in the company already.  Very powerful subconscious trick, and again, it really delivers some nuggets for that thank you letter.

6.  “I have appreciated hearing about the goals of this position. What stands out between where the project situation is today and where you want to be?”

A declaration that you understand they are hiring you as an investment.  You are showing that you realize they are for some reason not where they want to be and gives that subconscious message that you intend to be such a force in their company that you will bring change.  These types of interview questions to ask shows you are ready to take responsibility for past shortcomings that didn’t even have anything to do with you.

7.  “Looking down the road for the next several years what do you see as key challenges the person in this position will face?”

This question displays that you are not only trying to get a realistic idea of the position but that you understand it will not be a walk in the park and are unintimidated by challenges.  Too many employees these days are just there for a paycheck.  You are showing that you are ready to carry your weight as well as more.

Having intelligent, thoughtful interview questions to ask shows a lot about who you are as a person and what kind of employee you will be.  This step in the interview process will not be overlooked.  Trust me.  Just make sure your questions aren’t self-centered—about profits and benefits—make them about what you can do for the company and the role you will play.  Choose some above, and you really can’t go wrong.

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