You just made it through an interview with the company you really want to work for. You breathe a sigh of relief and try to discreetly wipe the sweat off your hands so that you can give a final handshake. But before you do so, the employer turns to you and asks with a smile, “Do you have any questions for me about the company or the position?”

You freeze, and your mind completely goes blank. You don’t want to ask questions that could be easily answered by looking at the website, because then that shows you came unprepared. However, you don’t want to leave without asking ANY questions, because then that shows you’re uninterested or unconfident. What should you do in this situation?

Not to worry. As you prepare for the interview, here is a list of seven appropriate questions to use as reference and tuck away into your mind.

  1. What are the company’s short, medium, and long-term goals?
  2. What are the current needs of your organization?
  3. What’s the culture like?
  4. What are some of the qualities of your top-performing candidates?
  5. What are the opportunities for progression in this field?
  6. How will I be measured in my success? What KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) will I have to track?
  7. How are employees able to grow professionally through this role?

Not only will these questions help you stand out as a candidate who is legitimately interested in the position and the company, but it will also give the company more time to really sell their product. After all, an interview should never be a one-way process. It should always be a conversation between two people who are looking for someone to fill their needs.

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