Questions That Impress Hiring Managers

Many applicants forget that the interview process is a two-way street. Interviewers want to see that you are enthusiastic about the potential position and that you are knowledgeable about the company. By treating an interview as a give and take situation, you are able to ensure that the company is a good fit for your future aspirations.

Where To Start

You should never go into an interview unprepared. Prior to any sit down, you should have looked over the company’s website and searched through social media. Two great places to delve into a company’s culture are LinkedIn and Glassdoor. By searching the profiles of similar level employees and former associates, you should be better able to assess your fit with an organization. You may develop a few questions after doing this research. Write them down and be sure to take advantage of the time offered for questions by the interviewer. Whether you develop a list of questions of your own or not, here are a few questions that we think you may want to keep in mind:

The Questions

  • ”How will (insert new product/service/expansion) help the company?”: this question is designed to impress upon the interviewer that you have researched the company and are somewhat up-to-date on company growth and aspirations.
  • ”Can you tell me about the opportunities for training and development?”: this question tells the interviewer that you are career minded and are hoping to join the organization for the long-term.
  • ”What will my opportunities be for growth?”: this question expresses a desire and willingness to work for promotion over a long period of time.
  • ”I am very interested in this position. Do you have any reservations regarding my fit into the company?”: this shows the interviewer that you are open to constructive criticism and have a willingness to commit to personal improvement. You may change the interviewer’s mind about any perceived shortcoming or you may be given a short list of items that are holding you back. Write down any critique the interviewer offers. You may be able to use this for future interviews.
  • ”What do like about working for (insert name of company)?”: this question shows that you are interested in the culture.
  • ”What are the most challenging aspects of this role?”: this shows that you are interested in tackling new challenges and want to be prepared at every turn.

The exact questions that you ask are not as important as showing an eagerness to work for, and a knowledge of, an organization. You must show a positive attitude at all times. Never say anything disparaging about a former employer or supervisor, no matter how awful your experience was. Keep in mind that you may only have thirty minutes to convince an interviewer that you are the best fit for the position, so do not waste time living in the, past. Instead look to the future.