Interviewing for a job is one of the most nerve racking things you have to endure throughout your lifetime. No matter how many times you’ve done it, you still feel nervous. Why is that? For starters you need to come up with a series of questions to ask the interviewer. And each of these questions needs to show that you put some thought into them rather than, copying them straight out of some interview book. It’s supposed to demonstrate that you really want this job and work for this company. Makes sense. Would you want someone working for your company who really didn’t want to? Of course not. The most important questions you ask come at the end of an interview. So, here is a list of the top 10 interview questions to ask at the end, so you can beat your competition and get the job.
Top 10 Interview Questions To Ask At The End Of An Interview To Be The Chosen Candidate
- What is the next step in this process? Naturally you want to continue on in the interview process, but you need to know what is coming next. Will you be moving on in the process? Is there a tentative date and time the interviewer has in their mind already that they want to connect again? By asking this question it further demonstrates that you like the company and could see yourself working there. To put it another way. If you’re on a date and it’s going well and you want to go on another date with that person, you ask them while on that date. Make sense?
- Are there any road blocks in your way to becoming the chosen candidate? This is an opportunity for you to find out if the interviewer has any specific questions or concerns about your ability to do the job. If they do and they tell you, then you have the ability to address those questions or concerns right there on the spot. Based on your answers you may have put yourself in the driver’s seat to being the candidate to beat for the job.
- What else can you provide or do to be the person for this position? By asking this question you may receive a response such as the interviewer wanting an additional industry reference, or wants you to put together an action plan for your first 30, 60, 90 days on the job.
- If all of the candidates you interview are equal, what is the deciding factor in who gets the job? You’ll immediately know if there is an intangible they’re looking for. Or a certain skill set. And if you have either of those that’s your chance to discuss and/or show it right then.
- If you can pick one characteristic that the perfect candidate would have for this job. What would it be? This gets out in the open what one singular thing is this hiring manager looking for to fill this vacancy. And if you have it then, this is your time to mention, or speak to it. How? By including said characteristic in an example. Again one more opportunity for you to shine.
- What can I do or say in the next 30 seconds that will convince you that I am the right person for this opportunity? Depending on how the interview has gone, this can accomplish 2 things. 1) Can give you more time to build on your already strong case. Or 2) Give you one last shot to demonstrate your skills and abilities and why you should be the person hired. Also, this gives you a time limit where you can be straight and to the point.
- Out of all of the candidates you’ve interviewed for this position, where do I rank? By asking the interviewer this question you’ll now right away where you stand in the process. Provided the interviewer is being totally honest with you. For arguments sake say the hiring manager answers your question and says you’re number 3. Then you can fire back immediately asking what can you do to be number 1? You only get one shot so, you need to exhaust all avenues to make sure you win that job and become the chosen candidate before the interview concludes.
- Based on our conversation today, do you think I am a good fit for this role? Plain and simple. Cuts right to the chase. You’ll know within less than a minute, whether you’re seen as a viable candidate or not. If the person interviewing you is being upfront, then you’ll know whether you’re seriously being considered for this career opportunity or whether you should continue looking once, this interview has ended.
- When do I start? Albeit a bold question to ask, it makes a lot of sense based on a few factors. You’ve had good rapport with the hiring manager, if the conversation included “when” you come on board as opposed to “if“, or they tell you that you’re a good fit. There’s no sense waiting any longer. Ask them point blank. When do I start?
- You’ve used the word “when” I come on board frequently today. Does that mean I am the top candidate? Usually when the hiring manager uses the term “when” in their conversation it’s typically a good sign. Good sign for what? That you’re the candidate for that particular opportunity. Now you don’t want to assume anything, so it makes sense to ask the question to be 100% sure you’re the one.
That’s it for the top 10 interview questions to ask at the end of a job interview to win the job.
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