The end of the interview has arrived and here comes the closing “do you have any questions?” line.
Many candidates are unprepared for this part of the interview. It’s a common question and one that you should consider as part of your interview preparation. Even so, many candidates are thrown when the question is asked.
Have a list of at least 6 questions which you’ve prepared in advance of the interview. Because some will be answered during the course of the interview, have more than you think you need as back-up.
Write them down. There is nothing wrong with making notes in advance and using them during your interview. It’s not cheating – it shows an employer that you have taken the time to prepare and have given serious thought to the role and organisation.
Try not to go with run-of-the-mill questions like:
None of these standard questions show any kind of research or preparation or demonstrate genuine interest in the role. Put simply, you won’t impress.
Don’t ask questions that make you sound as though you’re only interested in yourself, such as:
Try to come up with questions that provoke thought and demonstrate your keen interest in the role. These will help trigger your thinking:
Be careful asking questions about promotion. For instance, if you were to ask if there are possibilities for advancement, you would need to be careful not to give the employer a feeling that you wouldn’t stay in the role. So instead of asking “What are the chances of promotion and how long would it take?”, try something like “In 2 to 3 years, if I’ve met the objectives of this role, how do you see a path for advancement?”
Other questions you could ask include:
Spend some time well before your interview developing a list of questions that will make you a memorable candidate.
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