Top 5 Questions to Ask at a Job Interview

Cute business woman with colleagues in discussion at the background

Cute business woman with colleagues in discussion at the background

Veteran professionals are prepared for the pause in a job interview that comes right before the sales recruiter asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Preparing for this part of the sales interview enables you to take control of the situation, appearing informed and interested in your potential employment.

These five questions can help you win that new job.

  1. How would you describe the ideal candidate?

    This allows your sales interviewer to imagine you in the job they describe. It’s also a great way to highlight your relevant talents and work experience by connecting them to the interviewer’s description.

  2. How does this position fit into the company’s long-term plans?

    This question opens the table for discussions about not only your position, but also overall business strategy. If you are uncomfortable with asking such straightforward questions, it can help to use permission-based phrases such as, “May I ask…”

  3. How might you define “success” for this position?

    Asking about success in the sales position for which you are applying helps to unearth what it looks like for not only your hiring supervisor, but also the company in general. This question can also reveal what kind of boss you might have in this position, whether that person is a micro-manager or operates under a hands-off approach.

  4. What can I do for you as follow-up?

    This lets you know what you can do to increase your chances of getting an official offer. It also lets your interview know that you’re trying to help them. Today’s employers look for people who are genuinely enthusiastic about working for their organizations and who are proactive in affecting the outcomes of their interviews.

  5. What’s the salary range?

    This is an interview question to ask with caution, but bringing it up also shows confidence. By couching a query about salary with phrases such as “While money is not my main motivation, what range of salary would this position offer?” you also demonstrate character.While it isn’t wise to negotiate until after an official offer has been extended, asking about salary does let your potential employer know you’re serious about working for them.

Good luck!