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3 Questions Interviewers Want You To Ask

        posted by , March 11, 2013

It's the most intriguing part of any interview — your chance to ask your perspective employer a few questions.

You've probably heard plenty of strategies for interviewing the interviewer. Asking questions that get the interviewer to imagine you in the role is a common one.

The simplest (and often most effective) strategy of all is to ask the interviewer exactly what she's hoping you'll ask.

Most interviewers are dying for you to ask these 3 questions. Ask them and the role might be yours.

1. What do you want me to achieve in this role in the first 6 months?

It's expensive and time consuming to hire someone.

Your perspective employer is probably hoping you'll solve big problems for them. It's a good idea to find out exactly what those problems are. It will help you in your second interview. It will also show that you care about your interviewer's problems.

If there's one thing that people like to talk about it's their problems. Be inquisitive and your interviewer might open up and give you insight to the role that's not in the job description.

2. Why should I be excited about this role?

Do as much research about the organization as possible before the interview. Ask intelligent questions that get to the heart of interesting parts of the business.

When you have a genuine interest in the organization and use the power of your curiosity — interesting conversations will likely result.

The goal is to get the interviewer to tell you what makes them excited about the organization.

The majority of candidates show only weak interest in the organization their hoping to join. This is always disappointing for the hiring team.

Show a passionate interest and you'll stand out.

3. What will I learn in this role?

Don't ask this question directly. You'll want to phrase it according to the business context of the job.

When you meet senior members of the hiring team (your future bosses) it's a good idea to ask them how the role will help your professional growth.

Your future bosses are potential mentors. One of the exciting parts of hiring new people is the opportunity to help them grow.

Hiring teams tend to be interested in candidates who are enthusiastic about the learning potential of a job. It's one of the many reasons that the most qualified candidate doesn't always get the job.

This article is part of the ongoing series: how to win your next job.

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