Prove you’re looking for more than a paycheck
We work to get paid. That’s a fact. And interviewers know that—but what they’re really looking for is genuine interest in the job.
An interviewer wants to see an applicant engaged with the position and company, an individual with a certain expertise who understands the company’s mission, brand, and values.
But how do you show you know all about those things if your interviewer doesn’t ask you? By asking the right questions! Here are a few ideas:
- I’m really interested in this position because of XYZ reasons. What does a typical day look like?
Asking this question shows your interviewer two things. One, that you’re organized and want to be prepared on your first day, and two, that you want to know about the less glamorous, day-to-day moments of the job you’re applying for. This is also important information for you to know to gauge whether the job is a good fit.
- I was researching online and noticed that you recently completed (insert project name here). I thought you did an excellent job, and was wondering if you could tell me a bit about how you accomplished that outcome?
This question can apply to the company as a whole or your interviewer in particular. Asking it shows both that you did your research and care about the inner workings of the department. You can even follow up with a question about what your involvement with a project like that would be should you get hired.
- So, I have to ask, [name of company], how did you guys come up with that name?
Only ask this one if the information isn’t readily available online, and the company name isn’t a person’s name. Many companies take great pride in their brand name, and there’s usually an interesting story behind how the final name was chosen. If you’re interviewing with a smaller company or a position in the design department, you can also ask about how the company logo was created as well.
- What are you looking for in a new-hire personality-wise? What kind of person would mesh well with the rest of your team?
These questions show that you care not only about the responsibilities of the position, but also about the people you’re going to work with. Culture match is incredibly important, both for you and your interviewer, so it’s best to address this now.
Are there any other questions you ask in an interview to show your interest in the job? Let us know in the comments section below!