Got an interview? Ask these three questions

I’ve interviewed a lot over the course of my career. Because it took me years to find a mentor, I learned career mistakes the hard way. One of the biggest mistakes came in my very first professional job interview after college. During the interview the hiring manager asked if I had any questions for them. I said no, thinking that I would look unprepared if I asked questions about the company. Needless to say, I did not get the job and learned a good lesson moving forward. After finding out that asking questions is a positive thing, I tried it out at my next interview and was offered the position three days later.

Asking questions after the interview is a critical part of the interview process. It shows preparation, initiative, and that you’re genuinely interested in a future with the company. Here are the top three questions that got a positive response when interviewing.

After learning more about my skills and qualifications, do you have any concerns about my ability to excel in this position?

By asking this question you’re doing 2 things. 1) You’re reminding the hiring manager that they do not have any concerns about you performing well in the position, thus making you a strong choice. 2) If they do have concerns, you get to hear them right away and have an opportunity to address them on the spot.

Where do you see the company in 5 years and how will this position play a part in that vision?

You’re showing a long-term goal of staying with the company, which employers look for in a candidate. For selfish reasons, this gives you insights into where you may fit within the company in the future and determine if the company is the right fit for you based on their long-term goals.

What are current challenges you’re facing that you’d like my role to help you solve?

If there was a doubt that you’re a team player, this questions proves that you are. Bonus: tie one of the challenges into your thank you email. Example: “I’m looking forward to working with you to solve the challenge of {insert challenge here}” or “After our conversation about the position, I’m confident that I can contribute to solving {insert challenge here}”.

It’s important to note that when asking these questions, put your personal spin on it. This means phrase these questions in a way that sounds like you, just a touch more professional.

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