By now you know that what you ask in an interview is just as important as the resume points you’ve prepared. But if you’re running short on time and can’t get through this list of 15 super-smart questions, there’s one you shouldn’t skip.
According to Becca Brown—the cofounder of Solemates, a brand of women’s shoe-care products, and a former employee of Goldman Sachs—the way to wow your potential employer is to ask: Where do you see your company in five years?
Brown, who’s interviewed at least 60 candidates for her company and dozens more as a Goldman Sachs employee, tells Business Insider the worst thing you can do is come without questions. After that, one question in particular gets her every time.
“The most common question I receive from candidates is, ‘What have you learned about starting a business from scratch?’ I always enjoy answering this question, because I am always learning more as our business grows—so that question really never gets old,” she told the publication. “But one I have received only a few times from candidates but think is a very good one, is, ‘Where do you see your company in five years?'”
It works so well, Brown says, because “it illustrates their desire to understand our goals and vision as a company.” Plus, “having this conversation in the interview process allows us to assess overall compatibility, and see how the candidate may be able to contribute to these goals.”