This tells the interviewer that you have a long-term vision for your professional future and that you’re not just looking for a paycheck; you’re looking to secure a career.
Finding out why you were selected out of possibly hundreds of other candidates gives you a chance to expand on the qualities that caught their eye, further making the case for your hire.
This will give you a specific idea of what you can expect when you walk into the office that first day after being hired. It also can give you a heads up as to what will be expected of you, allowing you to build on those attributes during the interview.
This shows your willingness to learn new skills and adapt to new challenges or initiatives. Adaptability is very important in today’s fickle economy and could be key to retaining your job in a reorganization.
Hearing why a current employee opted to work at the firm can give you some insight into some of the strengths and opportunities within the organization.
This will reveal those “intangibles” of a company that have nothing to do with professional experience or required education. If you need a traditional, office/cube environment to stay focused and get the job done, a more creativity-driven workplace which allows music streaming from computers, nerf hoop tournaments and ultra flexible schedules may not be conducive to your productivity.
Ask this question, and you’ll discern the company and departmental structure under which you will be working. For instance, will you report directly to the vice president or will there be a succession of middle managers between you?
Job ads usually list the general areas of responsibility for a position. It’s always good to confirm what the actual duties will be. You don’t want to start your new job as an engineer and find out you’re responsible for the weekly doughnut run.
Knowing this helps you determine the timing of your interview follow-up activities.
It’s always good to wrap up the interview with this question. It keeps the door open for further communication, giving you one last chance to make your case.