Ask the Interviewer These Interesting Questions to Ace a Job Interview

You figured that you are all set for the coveted interview in Australia. You had flawlessly practiced the “perfect” answers to the most common questions. But, have you prepped for the questions that you need to ask in the end? That is an entirely distinct matter!


Asking great questions can help you stand out from a sea of candidates. The questions that you will ask during a job interview are just as crucial as the answers that you will give.


On that note, here are six questions to start your journey with:


What Qualities and Skills Must a Candidate Possess in Order to Thrive in This Role?


As you may notice during your countless social interactions, most people appreciate being listened to. Asking this question allows you to examine beyond the essence of what an “ideal candidate” is. You are asking about the specific qualities and skills needed to be successful in the prospective role. It exudes your basic understanding of the position and widens it.


If the interviewer responds in a positive manner, you may have an opportunity to explain your own experiences in that area in more detail.


How Did the Available Position Develop?


This question is a great conversation starter as it encourages the interviewer to disclose more information about the position. According to Lynn Taylor, a renowned workplace expert and an author, this question: “demonstrates intellectual curiosity, yet isn’t intrusive or brash”. It allows you to uncover the history of the position and get a glimpse to important issues such as turnover.


Will the Role Progress Over the Next Couple of Years?


Say that you are eager to join a newly-opened enterprise or a startup, this is a sensible question to mutter. It implies that you treasure the idea of job security and that you are looking forward to the brighter future with the company.


Long-term perspective is important! You see, many Millennials are quick to quit their jobs nowadays.


What Do You Like Most About Working Here?


For a person with a background in Psychology, I can attest that many people favor topics revolving themselves. I am not saying that Narcissism is rampant nor am I saying that being conceited is natural. Simply, people are interested in sharing their experiences and thoughts. This is why it is a good idea to let your interviewer open up.


This query will allow you to dig a little deeper and to get a taste of what can possibly come. It highlights the work culture and inner dynamics. It scoops information that is usually hard to assess from the outside. Use this information to know whether your personality can gel well with the employees or not.


What Probable Roadblocks Can One Encounter in This Position?


Whether you want to admit it or not, life is not always filled with sunshine and rainbows. Negative scenarios, obstacles, and slip-ups are all part of the journey to success. Open your ears to understand the unpleasant aspects that the job can bring.


Upon hearing the interviewer’s answer, you must determine if you have the skill set to conquer these challenges.


Can You Describe What Success Looks Like in This Position?


Close the interview on a positive note by asking about the pleasant sight of success. This simple question can open the doors to opportunities beyond what you can ever envision. Striving for success can propel you thru the most difficult tasks.


Knowing the clear path to success will help you determine if this position is what you really desire. Is the position in line with your career path? It is important to know whether you are perfectly suited for the job rather than merely focusing on making a good impression.

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The personal queries that you will pose towards the end will help assess whether you are suited for the current position available as well as whether you have a basic grasp of what it entails. These questions are just as crucial as the answers that you will give during a job interview.

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.


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