Essentially, great interviewees don't just want to know what interviewers think; they want to know what the company plans to do and how they will fit into those plans. A chance to ask questions at an interview allows you to demonstrate to prospective employers that you are thinking from the point of view of someone who is already inside the organisation.
Asking the right questions is what separates exceptional jobseekers from the rest and shows that you're interested in the opportunity, not just the pay cheque.
1) What do I have to do that to succeed in this role?
As an employee, you are an investment to your employer and will be expected to generate value for the company in return for your salary. This is achieved by succeeding and exceeding performance indicators. Great professionals will want to know what truly makes a difference. They know helping the company succeed means that they succeed as well.
2) Do you think I will be a good fit for the company?
Asking this will show an employer that you are eager to succeed in the role and are an individual who strives for wins in whatever you set out to do. The question itself also tells the interviewer you are serious about the job and forward-thinking in nature. True warriors at work embrace challenges and plan around tackling these challenges.
3) What are some of the challenges that the predecessor faced in this role?
Asking this question can be scary, but also beneficial. While this question might not be expected by the interviewer, the answer will be telling. A straight, direct and positive affirmation with an explanation would be a good sign while a hesitant reaction should be taken as a red flag. Remember, the interview is as much about you assessing the company as it is about the interviewer assessing you. Smart interviewees will always want to know what they are in for – knowing the immediate challenges of the job will help determine if it is a role that you can, and want to, perform effectively.
4) What are you hoping to see from the next person to fill this role that was missing in the last?
A question like this will demonstrate your ability to address and tackle possible problems before they even surface. This answer can shed light on what might have made the last person lose or leave the job, as well as tip you off on the path to success. This question will also demonstrate that you are a team player who is not only interested in excelling in what you do but are also interested in what your colleagues’ value.
5) Do you have any reservations about my fit for the position that I could try to address? Is there anything that is missing from my CV that you need?
Asking an interviewer if there’s something missing or of concern on your resume will give you an opportunity to address that problem before your potential employer makes a decision. Not only does it give you a chance to resolve any hesitations the employer might have about you, it demonstrates that you can take constructive criticism and are eager to improve – valuable qualities in any potential employee.