Interviews are a moment in your job search where you have the opportunity to change your future. It’s a crossroads where you can leave with an offer in hand, or the feeling that you simply did not perform at your best. Given that there is so much at stake during an interview, it’s obviously important to prepare for the occasion as much as possible. Most candidates know to do their research about the company, practice their answers to common interview questions, and get their interview attire ready for the big day.

But you should also prepare a list of questions that you will ask the interviewer during the meeting. Asking questions is so important at this stage that if you don’t have any strong ones prepared, hiring managers might simply think you’re not that interested in learning more about the opportunity. Hardly an impressive statement.

Here are a few example questions that will help impress the people conducting the interview and win you the job offer.

Question 1: How will you measure success?

Defining what success looks like prior to accepting a position is important because it makes employers think about and share how they will be evaluating you on a day to day basis. If you know what mark you are being measured against, you will be that much more likely to succeed. By asking this question you are showing that it is important to you that you will be meeting the employers needs and addressing their pain points, not just cashing a pay check. Keep your own measurements in mind when discussing this with your interviewer, because if they don’t have a strong answer it may mean difficulty pleasing them further down the line.

Question 2: What personalities work well here?

Again, this question allows candidates the chance to impress interviewers by showing their understanding of how different personalities mesh in a team environment. Every group is different, of course but understanding and communicating how your personality would fit in with the team will help your prospective employer imagine how you would fit in as well. If you identify a personality clash early on, you can also take steps toward addressing that issue before it becomes a problem. In the business world, it truly takes all sorts to make the leaps that drive success. But identifying any personality based road blocks early on will give you a leg up in the early days, and impress your hiring manager with your people skills in the interview stage as well.

Question 3: Who will I work closely with?

Hiring is often a team effort. Rarely is the success of a candidate fully dependent on their ability to meet the needs of the job in terms of skill and expertise alone. Getting the chance to connect with team members in the hiring stage will also help set the stage for success early on in the contract. If you are not able to meet them in person, simply learning about them and their roles will help give you a better understanding of the opportunity and therefore be better able to sell your skills and experience to get the chance to work with these people.

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