Asking questions during an interview is just as important as
answering them. It can prove the difference between yourself and a competing candidate for that sole job. Last week we went through the first three questions to ask the interviewer and why. In this week’s post, business psychologist and accredited executive coach Kae Prendergast covers the final three questions of this 2-part series and adds some closing remarks on what not to ask, including when the right time is to ask about compensation.
4. What would you say are the most important aspects of your culture? What type of candidate would be a good fit within this organization? It’s a great question because you are giving them an opportunity to talk and see if you are likely to fit within their team. Maybe they have an open culture? Dynamic team? Networking? Talk a lot? This will help you make a decision if offered the position. It also gives them a chance to tell you about the most important aspects of their culture. For example, they may say “we pride ourselves on client satisfaction and going above and beyond for our clients.” Does this parallel with the same values you take pride in? It is great as it gives you an indication into what you expect if you become a part of their team and can be a questions to ponder over at home after the interview. The second part of the question you are asking is largely based around whether you think you would fit in the organization specifically and whether they think you will fit into the organization. Do they mention any of your traits or strengths as examples? This can be a great gauge to see if they see you fitting within their team and if there may be any future issues. This is your chance to give the employer a mini interview on what it is like to work for their organization. 5. I know this company prides itself on X and Y, what would you say are the most important aspects of your culture? Similar to the previous question, however, the difference here is that it shows you have done your research. Sometimes you find “X and Y” through their website, which is fine, however sometimes largely expected by selected candidates. However, if “X and Y” isn’t listed on their website, it shows that you have gone above and beyond and found other means to find about the employer. Maybe you know someone within the company? Have heard about it from previous colleagues? Don’t be afraid to find alternative ways of gathering information about the company; this can align with one of their cultural traits such as innovative solutions, or if we use the example from one of last weeks questions about going “above and beyond for our clients” this will reflect that also. Again, within their answer, it will always reflect the visions of the company so can help you understand where you may fit in and all the benefits you can gain from working within the organization. 6. Is there anything that stands out to you that makes you think i might not be the right fit for this job? One of the best questions to ask as it helps address any issues about you as a candidate. they may ask you some questions about leadership capabilities throughout the interview. Maybe you answered it well, but maybe you forgot something which may lead you to feel your answer wasnt as convincing as you had hoped for. By asking this question, it permits you the opportunity to clarify any of these answers or any issues they may have with you as a candidate. Ultimately it helps strengthen your position as a candidate. Leave no stone unturned, it gives you an opportunity to give the employer as much information as possible to ensure you are the right candidate.
Closing remarks: With a plethora of potential questions to ask should we ask them all? Kae suggests not. She mentioned that although asking questions is important, you don’t want to bombard them with too many. Kae suggests that maybe 2-4 is a good range, however, you should be able to gauge this by the body language of the interviewers and how strongly you felt the interview went. Kae also added that in this particular stage, try to avoid any specific details or discussions about salary negotiations. This is not the time. A better time to do this would be once you have been offered the position before you negotiate salary. If they ask about your expected salary, you can give them a range to try and negotiate a more specific number upon being give the job. Be sure to prepare for questions you may be asked, research about their company and be sure to think up some great questions to ask them. It can be the difference between getting the job or not.
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Do you have some great interview questions yourself? We always love to hear them at Career Intelligence so feel free to leave a comment with some of your best interview questions. Good luck interviewing!