Believe it or not, many times, the best way to show an interviewer you have done research on their company and industry is not through the answers you give, but through the questions you ask.
Here are 7 questions you should ask to be the most impressive job candidate
What are the common attributes of your top performers?
You want to show them that you want to identify with, and be one of, the top performers, not their worst. Be sure to address their answer to this question with your matching skillsets either later in the interview, or in your follow up thank you letter.
What are the one or two things that really drive results for the company?
This illustrates to the interviewer that you understand the position you are applying for fits into a bigger company picture.
What do employees do in their spare time?
This question helps you gauge how you will fit in with the people working there.
How do you plan to deal with ___?
By addressing new, current issues within the industry, you show an awareness and understanding of the market. But be careful, if your interviewer doesn’t know the answer, they may become defensive.
How do you measure success of the people currently in this position?
This question addresses how this company measures success rather than characteristics of successful people. It shows that you plan on being successful so you want to know what the goals and matrixes are up front.
What does a career path look like at this company?
This question conveys the idea that you are thinking long-term without flat out asking, “how long does it take to move up?” It shows that you are thinking ahead and are prepared and expecting to be successful.
I am really excited about this opportunity; what are the next steps?
This question will let them know your level interest, and also, let you know their timeline.
Adapted from “7 Questions You Should Ask to Be the Most Impressive Job Candidate” by Michael Sanders. LinkedIn.