A job interview has a lot of grey areas that are never fully understood. When it comes to companies, each one has a different interpretation of what they believe is a perfect candidate. Their preferences vary from what a candidate may wear, their arrival time, or even their posture during the interview. On the bright side, something that is less gray is that all companies like originality. The best way to showcase this trait is an interview at the end. When an interviewer asks “do you have any questions for me?”, it’s time to shine. Here are three questions to ask at the end of an interview to stand out from other candidates.
Ask about the company culture
Essentially, this is asking about the work environment and how employees interact with one another. Asking about the company’s culture will spark an interest in the interviewer. It shows that the applicant feels as if they are a good fit for the company, but they have to evaluate if the company is a good fit for them. At the end of the day, in an interview, the applicant wants the position, but the company also wants the applicant. Maybe even a little more, hence why they received an interview. This is also important because as an individual grows in a career, their work environment must be compatible with their interests.
Ask about updated news regarding the company
Interviewers love candidates that do their homework! Ask the interviewer about something regarding the company in the news at the moment. For example with the constant rise in technology and the release of 5G, an excellent interview question for Microsoft would be “how is Microsoft keeping up in tech with 5G?” Asking these type of questions will keep the conversation flowing and your interviewer impressed.
Ask about Company Progression
Again, companies love a teacher’s pet. Ask about their initiatives and progression in order to beat their competitors. Displaying this level of knowledge of the industry will portray proactiveness. The company will understand if they don’t pick up this intellectual, someone else will. It is also important to understand the companies progression because companies have rough patches and that may lead them to lay people off. Knowing a company’s “climate” can determine if staying with them for a long time is the best option.
Written By: Brandon Ogbu