You’re interviewing for a job you want. You’ve answered some tough questions, and you’re feeling pretty good about your chances. Then the interviewer asks, “What questions do you have for us?” Your response matters, so make it a good one. Here’s how.
Ask a Question
In this situation, it’s important to ask a question. There’s always something else that could be asked. Not asking anything signals that you’re not especially interested in knowing anymore and that you may not be taking the job opportunity seriously. Keep in mind that if you don’t ask a question, it may reflect negatively on you.
Do your homework before the interview by researching the company or organization and reading over the job description carefully. You should have questions prepared before you even walk into the interview, but use what you learned during the interview to make your questions even more relevant. When you ask tailored questions, you’re showing the hiring manager that you’re willing to do what it takes to get the job.
Questions Related to the Company or Organization
One option is to ask questions about the company or organization. If you’ve learned about the company’s mission, you could highlight specific core values and ask how the interviewer thinks your contributions will further the organization’s mission.
Wouldn’t it be helpful to know how to succeed in this company or organization? That’s a great question to ask, and it may be helpful to you down the road in a variety of ways. The answer will help a candidate understand how the company defines success and what specific behaviors can lead to that success. It shows the interviewer that you want to succeed in this organization and that you want to learn how to do that.
Questions Related to the Role
Another option is to ask questions related to the position. Every position has challenges. Some are huge, and some are smaller, but they’re always there. Ask about the challenges of this particular role; listen to the answer carefully because it could give you extensive valuable insight into how to do well in this position. If the interviewer says, “There aren’t any,” you should proceed with caution. That answer could be a red flag in several different ways.
You can also ask if the interviewer has any hesitation about your qualifications; it’s a gutsy question that shows that you’re confident in your skills and abilities. Also, it allows you to address any concerns the interviewer may have. For example, if the interviewer says that you’re lacking a particular type of experience, you might be able to address that. Maybe you gained that experience through volunteer work, an internship, or some other role but didn’t highlight it on your resume.
Ready for Your Interview?
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. Interviews can be tough, but now you’ll be prepared. We wish you the best of luck! Also, don’t forget that whether you’re looking for a short-term assignment or a permanent position, we can help. Call us at 310.436.3650.