- Posted by Laura Meditz
- On August 15, 2018
- career advice, career development, internship, interview questions, interview skills, professional development
If you’ve ever been involved with the hiring process at work, you probably have your go-to interview questions to ask new hire candidates. You probably also are relatively familiar with a set of frequently asked questions put forth by potential new hires. And some of us may have had instances where we are truly impressed by a question posed to us by a candidate.
In a recent Huffington Post article by Casey Bond, eleven working professionals give examples of impressive interview questions they’ve asked or have been asked, including my example, the first question on the list.
A potential intern once asked me, “Why did you choose my resume for an interview?”
This question has stuck with me because it caught me off guard while at the same time making me think, “Wow, I need to use that.”
Have you ever left an interview having no idea what the interviewer thought, or anticipating a different outcome than what happened? This question provides you with immediate feedback.
We hired her – for more reasons than that question alone, of course.
Asking questions at the end of an interview is almost as important as the answers to the questions the interviewer asked. The next step is to ask meaningful questions that make you stand out and provide real insight into the company, its people and culture.
As a candidate, tt’s important to do your research no matter who is conducting the interview – an HR professional, a potential supervisor or direct report, the office manager or the CEO. Tailor your questions to your interviewer.
- Ask questions that specifically relate to their role in the company.
- Use LinkedIn to ask about or comment on a commonality between you.
- Make them feel good by asking them to talk about their experience with the company.
Additionally, the best questions to ask an interviewer dig deeper.
Don’t just ask about the office environment. Ask about the challenges and successes the staff is currently experiencing.
Don’t just ask if there is room for career growth at the company. Ask what a typical career trajectory looks like at the company.
The answer to “Do you have any questions for me?” may seem like a minor or routine part of the interview, but it is the final impression you give before walking out the door or hanging up the phone.
Make it a great one.
Laura Meditz is vice president at Poston Communications, based in Washington, D.C.