When job seekers sit for interviews, they tend to focus on answering the questions posed to them. This is understandable, given that they need to give prospective employers the best view of their qualifications possible.

But interviewers aren’t just looking for good answers. They also want to see applicants ask thoughtful questions. This opportunity usually arises near the end of an interview.

“Try to make the interview a conversation about your and the company’s shared future.”

An applicant’s goal in this situation is twofold. They want to prove that they are interested in the job and have what it takes to perform at a high level. But they also want to learn a thing or two about the position, so they won’t be completely in the dark on day one.

Here are some questions to have at the ready during your next job interview:

  • “I’m fascinated by your company’s direction so far. Where do you see the business heading in five years?” Before asking this, make sure you actually know something about the company’s direction! This is a good way to show that you are interested in what your prospective employer does, while also demonstrating that you can see yourself being a part of that mission.
  • “What does a typical day look like?” This is a good opportunity to start thinking ahead about what your tenure may look like if you are hired.
  • “How do people in this job grow their careers?” Employers want someone who is looking to grow within a company. It’s important for you to be thinking about your future – and also to demonstrate that you want to offer more.

Above all, try to make the interview a conversation about your and the company’s shared future.