You want to stand out at a job interview. The goal is to show a potential employer that, not only can you get the job done, you’re also the best candidate. One way to assert your work ethic is to ask how your work will contribute to the company’s mission.
Author and LinkedIn Influencer Dave Kerpen asked a group of CEOs and entrepreneurs for the most impressive question an interview applicant has ever asked them. There were a handful of great ones, but Kerpen’s favorite:
How will the work I’ll be doing contribute to the organization’s mission?
He told Business Insider that this question says a lot about an applicant:
First, it says that the applicant is a big thinker. Second, it tells me that the applicant isn’t just looking for a job — she’s looking for something to believe in. I want these people working for us.
Of course, it also shows that the person is interested in the company’s mission and wants to contribute to its vision. And it’s a great option to have on hand for the inevitable, “Do you have any questions for me?” question. It opens up a discussion that can help both the interviewer and the applicant see if they’re right for each other.
Check out other impressive applicant questions at the link below.