The end of the interview is your chance to drive home that your the hiring manager’s ideal candidate. The best way to do this is to ask probing, meaningful questions that you don’t know the answer to.

Here are the top five questions I recommend keeping in your back pocket when your next interview comes to a close:

  1. What opportunities do you see in the industry within the next 3-5 years? This is a great way to showcase that you’re a future-oriented professional who is interested in your target organization and industry in the long run. Do your research beforehand and ensure that you’re able to respond to whatever your Hiring Manager says with your own point of view.
  2. What do you like the most about working for this company? You’re most likely to thrive in your new role if the company’s culture matches with your personality. Asking your hiring manager this question is a great way to get a sense of how committed they are to the organization and whether they’re able to inspire you to be the same.
  3. What would be my most important responsibilities in the first 30, 60, and 90 days of this role? This is another great question to ask to demonstrate your interest for the role. When your hiring manager responds, this will also be your opportunity ask more probing questions about the role’s core responsibilities.
  4. Are there any details of my experience you’re uncertain about that I could clarify? If you sense that your interview might have gone south at some point, the question period is a great time to mitigate some of your hiring manager’s doubts.
  5. What’s the biggest challenge I would face in this role? This is another great question to ask to help demonstrate that you’ve thought through your future with this company. When your hiring manager answers it, reply with a skill of yours that you feel would make you uniquely able to solve this obstacle.

Do you have any great post-interview questions you’ve used? Share your story!