It’s normal to feel nervous or anxious before an interview. But the best way to fight those nerves is to feel prepared. A huge factor that can either be held against you or benefit you is actually how well you question the interviewer.
The questions that you ask will say a lot about the research you’ve done leading up to the current moment. Adequate and thorough research will tell the interviewer how enthusiastic you are about working for that company, and all employers are looking for people who are eager and excited about the opportunity at hand.
The worst thing you can do at the end of the interview when the person asks “Do you have any questions for me?” is reply “No, you’ve answered all of them!” Here’s a fun fact – there are always questions to ask. Some of my favorites are:
- If you could paint the perfect picture of how you’d like [company name] to look in five years, what would it look like?
- You know it would be really great if you could walk me through a day in the life of [the role you’re interviewing for].
- In order for me to succeed, I would love to know what keeps you up at night. What could I do to make your life here at [company name] easier?
And the list goes on! Showing your interest and knowledge about the company is definitely important, but the interview is also about realizing if this company is the right fit for you.
Before walking out the door, make sure you’re both clear on what the next steps are. And this last part can’t be stressed enough – send them a personal thank you note.
What are some of your favorite questions to ask an interviewer? Share with us, below!