The Importance of Asking Questions After an Interview
by Justin Rippetoe
Like a first date, an interview can be intimidating, especially if you haven’t been on one in a while. Conversation is key in both instances. You need to ask questions and figure out if YOU want to work for the company. In fact, most hiring managers want you to ask questions because it shows that you are interested and paying attention.
Do some careful research about the company too. It will help you to think of some pertinent questions to ask following the interview.
Here are some examples:
1) “What aspects do you look for in a candidate that would excel at this position?”
This question allows you to dig deeper and follow up with your personal experience with the aspects they are looking for in a perfect candidate.
2) “Why has the position became available?”
This question will not only allow you to get a sense of the company culture but will also give an insight into why they are looking to bring someone on, whether it be attrition or growth. This is something any candidate needs to know before considering a position with a company.
3) “What do you enjoy about working here?”
This question will allow you to determine if there will be a good fit with the company. The interview is a chance for the candidate to also determine if the position will be a good fit. If there is a culture that doesn’t lend itself to a good environment for you, it won’t work out long term
All in all, a few thoughtful questions can get a prospective candidate from interview to offer, so prepare accordingly!