Many job seekers miss a golden opportunity when they are asked towards the end of an interview if they have any questions. If they feel the interviewer adequately explained the position, they make the mistake of answering "No" to this question. But WAIT!! This is your chance to impress the employer, too, right?
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, "Impressing an interviewer isn't as hard as you might think. How can you make a positive impression? Turn the table on the interviewer and ask interested, sincere questions. This is where your research into the company can make a difference. The more you know about the company, the better questions you can ask." (Source: http://www.in.gov/dwd/2431.htm)
But, there is more to it than that. Asking questions of the employer is, in part, to impress them, but it is also to learn if the company - and your direct supervisor - are the right fit for you.
After all, even a wonderful job can turn into a miserable experience if you don't get along with the person you work for.
Here's how to find out if the boss will be as great as the job -- ask these questions during the interview:
In addition to the answers themselves, note this person's overall attitude about answering these questions. If she was open to them and answered thoughtfully, she's probably someone who enjoys promoting good working relationships. If you're offered the job, you shouldn't have any hesitations about working for this person. But if she appeared to resent the questions and didn't answer them to your satisfaction, she's not someone you'd want to work for. It's better to know this sooner rather than later.
For even more information about job interview questions and how to answer them, consider the "Job Interview Success System."
One of the 5 key components of this system is a 31-page report entitled "How to Give Job-Winning Answers to Interview Questions." In addition to giving more tips and strategies on general answering techniques, it lists 45 of the easiest, toughest, silliest and most common job interview questions as well as how to respond to them.