You're at the end of your interview, and you feel pretty confident about the answers you have given. But then your interviewer hits you with this doozy of a question, "Do you have any questions for me?"
Don't worry one bit about this question. With a little research, you can come ready with a few questions to ask at the end of the interview.
In this article, we will discuss:
- The importance of asking questions at the end of an interview
- Tips and tricks to prepare for questions
- Example questions to ask
- Off-limits questions to ask
If you are interested in learning more about how to conduct an effective interview, speak with a career counselor at Enhancv. They can help you come up with insightful questions to ask that can land you a new position.
The importance of questions at the end of an interview
Coming prepared with a few questions to ask at the end of an interview can be an important strategy throughout your job search. It shows hiring managers you've come prepared for the interview. Below, you can find some of the main reasons that it benefits you to ask questions at the end of an interview:
Leave a great last impression
The type of question that you ask at the end of an interview can provide an interviewer with deeper insights into who you are and what makes you tick.
For example, if you ask about the professional development programs offered through the company, your interviewer may see you as a hard worker, willing to learn new skills and abilities. Also, asking about the company culture can show that you have an interest in becoming more a part of the workplace community.
By coming up with a few thoughtful questions, you'll differentiate yourself from other job applicants.
Gain valuable information
The worst thing you can do is walk away from a job interview feeling confused, wishing that you had just asked for a bit more clarification on a few broad categories.
Asking questions at the end of an interview is important to both a hiring manager and a job applicant because it aids clarity. If there is something left unsaid in an interview, it's a perfect time to ask a quick follow-up question to learn valuable insights.
Whether there are unclear expectations for the position or you have questions about the company, you can glean valuable insights from good questions. A good rule of thumb is to come prepared with a few interview questions, but also to be an attentive listener throughout, listening for details about the company culture, management style, day-to-day responsibilities, and the onboarding process.
An interview is a feeling out process between the job applicant and a hiring manager, and therefore, your chance to ask questions at the end of an interview can be a great way to discern whether working for this company will fit within your career path.
Show that you're interested
Questions at the end of an interview also show a hiring manager you are interested in learning more details about the hiring process. When you ask an insightful question about the company's history, one that is about something you gained from your research, you are not only interested in the role but also want to be a part of the organization. It also shows that you have put some thought into how to become one of the successful employees on staff.
Tips to prepare for interview questions
In order to be successful, it's best to prepare a couple questions before the interview. Although some may shift and change during the course of the interview, you'll likely be able to use most of the questions that you came up with prior to the interview. Below, you can find some helpful tips on how to prepare questions for an interview:
Research the company
Jobseekers can find a lot of information about a company online, and this can aid them in their interview. You may find more information on a company website, including the company's goals, vision, and values. Here are the places where you can find more information about a company:
- A company blog
- Their social media accounts
- The job application
- Past employees
Listen, and ask personalized questions
Some questions that you come up with before an interview may change when you're in the middle of it. Make sure that you are listening intently to the questions that your interviewer is asking, and also provide follow-up questions to ask. Interviewers expect a few follow-up questions, so be sure to personalize them in order to receive personalized information, rather than asking generic questions.
For example, you may have read in the job description that the position allows for working remotely, but you may be interested to learn a little more about if this is a permanent part of the position or temporary. This is a timely question to ask, as many companies are returning to office work.
Rehearse asking the questions
If you're a little shy, or could use a boost in your confidence, it may be best to rehearse the questions before your interview. Write a list of questions, and have a friend, family member, or even one of our career counselors practice answering the question.
This is especially important if you have multi-part questions which require several follow-ups. Open-ended questions help to foster conversation, but they also require more preparation.
Example questions to ask
Below, you can find a list of example answers you can ask a potential manager before joining the team:
Questions to avoid
There are some questions that you may not want to ask, as they may show a huge red flag to your potential employers. When you come up with a list of questions to ask, make sure that they are specific questions about the role. Anything that isn't pertinent to the role shouldn't be asked.
You should avoid asking questions of your employer. For example, if you found information on social media accounts, it may be seen as an invasion of privacy to ask directly about that information.
Also, you may choose to forgo asking about vacation time or other perks that you could receive from the job. It may create a big red flag for a hiring manager if you seem to be interested in the perks in this preliminary interview stage.
- Asking questions at the end of an interview shows that you have genuine interest in the position.
- Come prepared with some interview questions to ask before your interview.
- Research the company website to learn more about the job offer.
- Avoid asking personal questions about the interviewer
If you're interested in learning more tips to nail the interview and get the job, speak with a career counselor at Enhancv. They'll provide you not only with interview advice but also career advice, which allows you to succeed in your career path.