The questions you ask your Hiring Managers at the end of an interview enable you to make a final, lasting impression and further insight into your persona. It can stand you in good stead if you go prepared about the questions that you may want to ask your interviewer.
Interviewers are quite used to routine ‘end of interview’ questions such as ‘What would make me succeed in this role?’ or ‘What are the opportunities for growth in future?’.
These questions are not misplaced in themselves; however, they will not distinguish you from other candidates.
To stand out, it will help if you ask questions that are less likely to be put forward by others. Here are 5 interesting, and more importantly, unusual questions that you may request your recruiter to answer before you eventually walk out of the room:
What makes this organization special?
The question suggests that you are not just looking for a job, you are also focused on finding one that suits you to a T. Moreover, you will get to know whether the company matches with your persona. For instance, the hiring manager may reply that their company arranges an adventurous trip for employees each month. So, if you are a sort of person who prefers cleaning your bathroom on weekends or reading a book rather than climbing rocks, you may well start mulling other options.
How were you (Hiring Manager) able to reach this position?
This question drops hints that you are interested in knowing how others used their experience for achieving success. You may want to know whether in a given situation, you will have to actively focus on applying your learning from previous positions or start from scratch. Moreover, the answer you get will help you get a better sense of the overall office environment. It will also enable you to conclude whether the company allows some autonomy to its employees when it comes to handling projects.