Looking for smart questions to ask at the end of your job interview?

Because there’s no better way to stand out!

When a company is recruiting, each person they interview will be asked about the same set of topics. And nine times out of ten, most people will give a pretty similar response.

But by asking smart closing questions at the end of you job interview, you can set yourself apart from other candidates.

So what exactly are you meant to ask?

The aim of asking a great question at the end of a job interview is to:

a) show you’re enthusiastic about the new role; and

b) demonstrate why you’re a good fit.

Plus! Job interviews aren’t solely about proving yourself to the employer. They’re also about figuring out if you want to work there too! So what better opportunity do you have than pitching a few questions yourself?

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Question #1 – What are the upcoming challenges for your team in the next 12 months?

This could also be phrased as, ‘What will your team be working towards in the next 12 months’.

Simple but effective. An easy way to get feedback on where the company is at and exactly what you’ll be working on. AND a sneaky way to insert relevant examples of how you can help out.

Question #2 – Can you tell me about the existing team?

Get a feel for how the team operates and begin to figure out who’s who in the zoo.

This could also be a good time to see if there’s potential to grow in the role or add to your skill set by learning from other team mates.

Question #3 – Can you describe your management style?

If you’ve got the guts to ask this one it can be SUPER IMPORTANT! And a good way to figure out if you’ll gel well with your new manager.

For example, if you’re someone who likes direction and lots of face-to-face time, a hands-off boss who works away a lot might not be for you.

Question #4 – Why is this position available?

Did someone say revealing? This question will help you understand what opportunities or challenges your new team might be facing.

Are they expanding and growing because of increased workload? Has someone been promoted? Or are there a few red flags indicating team issues you’d prefer to avoid?

So there you have it! Four smart questions to ask at the end of your job interview.

Remember, the most important thing here is to show you’re enthusiastic about the new role and demonstrate why you’re a good fit.

Job interviews can be a nerve wracking thing so don’t be afraid to write your question down! Nerves can also wreak havoc on our focus so remember to really slow down and listen to their response!

If you’d like more work related reads, head on over to our Careers archive or read the latest blog posts How to ask your current boss for a reference and Three short steps for an effective meeting.

Until next time,
Madeleine xo