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The 6 Best Questions to Ask at Your Next Interview

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We’ve all heard this from an interviewer before:

“Well, those are all the questions I have. Do you have any questions for me?”

From what interviewers have told us, it’s usually a waste of their time to ask. That’s because it almost always elicits either some variation of “nope, I think that covers it!” or a response that’s obviously designed to make the interviewee look smart.

But then, there are the rare few people who get it right. The ones who ask questions that prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, they have what it takes to be a success in their new role.

What are those questions? Jeff Haden from Inc.com identifies six of them here.

1. What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 90 days?
Some employees are content with coasting during the first few months at a new job. This question makes it clear that you intend to make a difference from day one.

What interviewer doesn’t love to hear that?

2. What are three traits your best performers have in common?
Because every organization is different, they each value different qualities in their workforce.

Asking this question will let your interviewer know you’re willing to adjust your approach in an effort to fit in. But more importantly, it implies that joining the ranks of their top performers is one of your key goals.

3. What really drives results here?
At the end of the day, interviewers aren’t looking for just anyone to fill a position. They’re looking for change agents who can help their company achieve its goals, in both the short-term and long-term.

Ideal candidates (like you) ask this question because you care about reaching those goals, and have them in your crosshairs from the outset.

4. How many new employees are brought in by current employees?
When an organization grows via employee referrals, it’s a great sign that the company values its people, and wants to make them happy.

By asking this question, you show that you demand respect, and have high standards for how you’re treated. And those are two traits that any quality organization will appreciate.

5. What do your people like to do in their spare time?
Sure, organizations want goal-oriented employees who get results — but they also want friendly people who are a pleasure to work with each day.

By asking a personal question about your soon-to-be coworkers, you can convey your desire to be one of these people.

6. What do you plan to do if (insert disaster here)?
Every organization has potential problems on the horizon, whether it’s a growing competitor or shifting trends. In asking about them, you’ll show your interviewer two important things about you.

One, you’re the kind of person who’s prepared for challenges, and expects the same from your colleagues. Two, you’re planning on being at your new organization for a long time. Otherwise, why would you care if they stay in business?

We hope you can use one of these questions to put the finishing touch on your next interview. But first, you need to get your next interview.

Start now at HealthCareerCenter.com. Our site has thousands of positions to choose from — and thousands of employers searching for ideal candidates like you.

 

 

The information in this article originally appeared on the Inc. website. To read the original article, click here.