The normal trend for interviewees is to finish answering questions in the interview and to walk away without really leaving a mark. However, there are many misconceptions about the interview process which keeps people from achieving the most they can from a job offer. To begin with, an interview is a two way process and must also include you asking questions to the interviewer. This reflects your confidence and professionalism in a great way. In fact, the best way to end an interview is to ask a few questions yourself and end on a high note. The following are some of the questions you can consider asking towards the end of an interview.
“How do I fit in the larger scheme of organizational goals?”
You must ask your interviewer what role you will play in the long term as well as short term goals of the organization. This will give you a clearer idea of the part you will be playing during your stay at the particular organization. In fact, the moment you bring up the topic of long term goals, you are sending out a strong message that you intend on being a long-term asset to the company as it reflects your levels of commitment. Similarly, you can also ask about others playing similar roles as the ones that will be assigned to you and whether there are any challenges being faced by these individuals. This is a great way to get a realistic assessment of what to expect from your job.
“What is the most exciting thing about working for your organization day in and day out?”
Asking this question will give you an idea of what motivates other employees to work in the organization on a daily basis and whether the same motivation will work for you or not. This kind of role reversal is a great way to get the interviewer to talk about himself/herself because let’s face it; everyone loves to talk about themselves. This will also reflect your communication skills and willingness to listen rather than just talk. Openness to others’ opinions is probably one of the most important factors of team dynamics in any organization and asking such questions will surely reflect positively on your ability to adapt to a team.
“Is there Any Way for me to exceed your expectations?”
This is yet another great way to reflect your willingness to contribute to the organization in a bigger way rather than just following a 9 to 5 schedule without making some big contributions to the company.