Turning the Table: Interview the Interviewer
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:54:15 AM

How do you face an interview? Do you question the interviewer or just answer? The majority of job seekers don’t give importance to asking questions during interviews. They only just answer the questions asked. However, the formula to ace an interview and land in the right job is to ask smart, open-ended questions to your interviewer.

Now, you may think, ‘how does this work?’

Well, asking questions makes you look intelligent, motivated, and interested in the job. Further, it will set you apart from other candidates and make an impact on the interviewer. This tactic will also help you know whether or not the job is suitable for you.

While asking questions to your interviewer, you should try to find out the following three things:

  • Make sure that the interviewer has no doubt about your skills or abilities
  • Show your interest in the opportunity
  • Analyze the type of job and its significance

Questions You Can Ask!!!

The following are some of the valid interview questions that you can ask:

  1. What is the importance of this role in the company?

This question will prove that you are serious about your responsibilities and value them. Further, it will give you an idea about the importance of the position you are going to hold.

  1. What does this company value the most in an employee?

This question will let you know if you are the kind of person the company is looking for or vice versa.

  1. What are growth prospects pertaining to the job?

This question will portray your zeal to grow. Most importantly, it will assure the interviewer that you are planning to stay with the company and able to show a definite path of success in the company.


  1. Why did you choose this company and what do you enjoy the most about working here?

This question helps establish a connection with the employer at a more personal level and triggers an honest reply that reveals a lot about the culture, team, and the company on the whole. You can also assume how satisfactory the job will be. If the interviewer is hesitant about answering this, it can be a red signal for you.

  1. What is the key to success in this company?

Having an idea about the techniques employed by the company to measure employees’ achievements will help you understand the company’s expectations. Besides, you can analyze whether your skill sets meet them or not. The examples of what people have done to be successful can reflect the company’s culture and help you understand the company’s approach.

  1. What are the priority areas for the person holding this position in the next three-six months?

This will tell you about the main areas you need to work on after joining the company. It will prove to be very helpful in understanding the company’s expectations and making your first impression right.

  1. What is the biggest challenge someone in this job faces on a daily basis?


This question will give you a reality check and you can prepare yourself against all odds that you may have to face—the difficulty level may depend on the kind of role you are applying for.

  1. Where do you see the company in the coming five years?


This question lets you understand the future plans of the company and helps you formulate your contribution towards the goal.


  1. How would I collaborate/work with my manager if selected for the position?


If you look at the structure of the question, you will realize that it is framed on the assumption that you will win this job, highlighting your ambitious demeanor and giving an insight into what kind of people you will be in close contact with and how you will coordinate with your manager(s).

  • Could you give me an understanding of your future growth plans?

It is essential for you to do your homework well and do a little research on the company’s website before putting up this question. It will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the company’s products and services and simultaneously, you can gain a good idea of where the company is heading to.

It will be helpful for the interviewee to prepare for at least five questions that he/she could ask during an interview. Asking such questions will show his/her awareness and motivation and make a lasting impression on the interviewer.