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6 Questions to Ask at the End of an Interview

One of the best ways to take an interview to the next level is to prepare when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?”. It can be easy to say no when you’re eager to begin a new role after interviewing. Asking a thought-provoking question will leave your name salient on their minds and it will bring you one step closer to sealing the deal. Here are 6 of our favorite interview questions that will give you a leg up when interviewing for a job. 


“Who was the most successful person in this team and how did this person achieve success?


This question is one of the best ways to understand the interviewer’s definition of success. Success is different from person to person. Asking how a person was successful at this company will give you a better understanding of their version of success, skills required to gain that success, how they achieved success, and if you can follow in that lead. Another reason to ask this question to your interviewer is it will create an idea in their head of your ability to be successful at the company. 


“Where do you see the company in 5 years?”


Asking the interviewer where they see the future of the company is crucial for understanding their goals and how/where they imagine the company. As mentioned in the last question, everyone defines success differently. There are always different ways to grow by understanding how they want the company to develop. Processing their vision for the future will help you market your abilities to be prosperous in the role. 


“What are your expectations for this position in the first three months?”


Gaining a better understanding of what the interviewer and your soon-to-be boss expect shows you are dedicated to this position and apprehend what this position will entail. Before entering the role, you will already have a more elevated perception than other candidates that you can use that to your advantage by understanding what the company expects.


“What type of leadership style is encouraged?”


As a candidate, you will not know or understand how the company functions from the outside; you will need to discover the form of leadership from within. Asking this question will give you a better comprehension of the type of leadership they implement and what they expect from you. This opportunity will help you self-evaluate if you would fit in with the form of leadership and how successful you will be in terms of climbing the company ladder. 


“How do you see my skills and experience fitting in with the needs of the company?”


This topic is eye-opening to ask the interviewer because they will need to think critically about your potential role in the company. The interviewer, to an extent, is gaining an understanding of who you are and what you can do for the company, but if you ask this question, it will take you to the next level. Having the interviewer envision you operating within the company, identifying your experience, and placing your position at the company will keep you salient on their mind come after the interview.  


“What would be the next steps in this interview process?”


Use this question as a closer to learn where the interviewer sees you in terms of continuing the hiring process. Before you get the rejection or invitation for another interview email, you will already know where you stand in consideration. 


These are only a handful of questions that you could ask your interviewer, but they will make the interviewer rethink your ability to perform and be a part of the company. Always prepare yourself with a couple of questions ready to ask to confer your level of interest and passion for wanting the job. Best of luck with your interviews!