Nailed It! 9 Questions To Ask After An Interview

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Which question do you dread the most during an interview?  “Tell me about yourself,” or “Do you have any questions for me?”  You need to be prepared for both.  Today, I will give you 9 questions to ask after an interview.

Over the years, I have conducted more than 100 interviews for various positions.  If the person did not ask any questions at the end of the interview, that candidate did not move on to the next step.

Questions to Ask After An Interview

Why do I give you 9 questions to ask after an interview?  Won’t two or three do?  There are three reasons that there are 9 questions below.  First, you want to have a good arsenal of questions so you can be flexible and in case you forget some of the questions.  Second, some of the questions may have already been answered during the interview.  Third, some people feel awkward asking the same questions over and over during an interview, even though they are asking the questions to different interviewers.

Show You Want To Wow

  1. What will I need to do to meet your expectations?  Asking this question after an interview will show that you can clarify expectations and are mature enough to measure yourself against your manager’s standard of success.
  2. What will I need to do to exceed your expectations in this position?  In today’s competitive workforce, if you are just meeting expectations, you won’t make the next cut when layoffs come around.  You need to set good expectations with your boss and continually exceed those expectations.
  3. What skills do I need to excel in this position? This question will tell you the truly necessary skills that are needed in the job.  (Psst – In many cases, the hiring managers do not even read the job posting as HR typically drives what is listed in the posting).  This question can also be a good indicator about your chances to move to the next stage.  If the interviewer lists skills that you don’t have, you won’t be moving forward.  If the interviewer is repeating all the skills you have, then you are likely moving to the next step.

Show Your Maturity – Ask The Scary Questions

  1. Based on what you know about me, where do you feel I might struggle in this position?  This question gets the interviewer to identify your weaknesses.  If you disagree with the interviewer, don’t argue.  Agree with the interviewer and then follow up with stories and examples that contradict that agreement by showing your growth in that area.  For example, the interviewer may tell you that you don’t have enough client facing experience.   You could respond with, “I agree, My last boss and I discussed this and we put a plan in place to put me in front of more clients.  In a short time, I became the go-to person when the sales team needed a systems expert to help close a deal.  I’ve learned a lot in a short period of time, but I know I have much to learn.  That is why I want this job so much.  I feel that I am about to turn the corner and make this a key strength.”
  2. After our discussion today, do you have any concerns about my candidacy?  I recommend ending the interview with this question.  If you are an outside candidate, you probably will not get a good answer.  However, if you are an internal candidate, your interviewer has a vested interest in making you a stronger employee and you can get some great feedback.  You may even find a new mentor.
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Show You Think About The Team

  1. What are your plans for the team?  I don’t care what kind of work you do, you are part of a team.  This shows your interviewer that you know and understand this.  It can also give you some insights into the future of the team.  Are there major changes in the near future?  Is there a future management opening?
  2. What are the strengths of the team?  This is a great question to ask every single person with which you interview as you will likely receive many different answers.  If you get the same answer from everyone involved, this is an indication that you are about to join a remarkable team.  A different answer from everyone involved indicates an average team.
  3. Are there any holes in the team?  This is a great question particularly for the manager of the team.  It is there job to think about growing and building the team.   This is a red flag if the manager cannot answer this question.  It indicates that he/she spends more time thinking about his/her own career rather than how to make the team successful.
  4. How would you describe the team’s reputation?  In every corporate environment, different teams have different reputations.  As an outsider, this is a good chance to get a sense of the culture.  For example, if you are told that the team has a reputation for long hours, you know this is what will be expected of you.

Write these questions down on a legal pad for your next interview.  You can glance at the pad to ask the questions, but know them well enough ahead of time so you are not just reading them to the interviewer.

Do you have any questions that you ask after an interview?  If so, share them with us below in the comments section.

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