You’re nearing the end of your interview. You’ve made a strong first impression, provided articulate answers to all of the interviewer’s questions, and demonstrated the value you would bring to the role at hand.
Then the interviewer asks you the most frequent final question you’re likely to hear:
“Do you have any questions for us?”
No matter how well the interview has gone up to this point, candidates who don’t have any questions to ask are likely to come across as being unprepared or even disinterested in the role; neither of which is likely to fair well at the end of the day.
The interviewer wants someone who is going to excel in this position and bring value to the company as a whole. Preparing a few well thought out questions beforehand will show that you’re enthusiastic, that you have a genuine interested in the role, and that you’ve done your homework on the company.
Beyond simply trying to get hired, posing some well-chosen questions serves another crucial function: it will help you make an informed decision about whether this role is right for you.
Knowing what questions to ask can be daunting, but with a little preparation you can feel confident that you’re not only going to make the right impression, but that you will learn what you really want to know about the role, the team, and the company itself.
Tips to help you prepare your questions:
- Research the company.
Take some time to see what you can learn about the company, its business, and its place in the industry. Look beyond their website — review their social media and other recent media coverage. Take note of the topics that you’d like to learn more about. Doing your homework with show your enthusiasm for the role.
- The best questions are open-ended.
Prepare questions that give the interviewer an opportunity to elaborate. This will give you more to work with while increasing the potential for asking organic follow-up questions. Remember, an interview is simply a conversation; the more natural and organic the back-and-forth, the better the rapport that will build, and the better the impression you will leave.
- Practice your questions.
Reading the questions out loud beforehand will allow you to hear how the words sound coming out of your mouth, so you will have a better sense of how best to phrase each question. This will also allow you to be more natural and at ease during the interview.
- Write down your questions and bring them to the interview.
It’s easy to get lost in the moment and forget the brilliant question you came up with the night before. Bringing along a notepad with your questions will help you reference them when the time comes (not to mention the value of having a notepad with you to jot down points throughout the interview).
- Don’t ask “me” questions.
We are all interested in how much we’re going to be paid, how much vacation time we’ll have, and whether we can have certain days off. But this isn’t the time to ask those questions. A successful candidate will emphasize what they can bring to the role rather than what the company can bring to them.
- The best questions will likely be the ones that occur to you naturally during the interview itself.
As the interview unfolds and you learn more about the role and the company from the interviewer, organic questions are likely to arise. These are the ones that you really want to write down for the end of the interview. Showing that you are actively listening and that you are thinking on your feet will demonstrate how engaged you are in the conversation and how enthusiastic you are about the job.
Sample questions to get you started
- What would make someone successful in this role?
- What immediate deliverables are expected for this position?
- What training and support will be provided to the successful candidate?
- Can you elaborate on the day-to-day responsibilities of the job?
- How will performance be measured and how could your expectations be exceeded?
- What challenges have you seen people in this role or on this team encounter?
- What opportunities for learning and development are available?
- What do you like most about working here?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
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