So you’re in the interview. Everything is going well, and you’ve not just answered all the interviewers’ questions, you’ve even cracked a joke or two and made the interviewer laugh (you devilish rogue, you).
But when you reach the end of the interview, you are asked the all important, final question. “Do you have any questions for us?”.
This is where a lot of interviewees like yourself go wrong. Because while you might be ready for the interview to end and get gone while the goings good, you should always say yes.
Because interviews aren’t just about giving great answers to interviewers’ questions. (Although that is also pretty important). The interview is also about showing you’re interested in the role and company, that you’re enthusiastic about the potential opportunity and engaged with the interviewer.
Which is why it’s so important to prepare interview questions to ask at the end of a job interview.
Before we get into the actual questions, there’s a few tips to remember for the questions you should ask at the end of a job interview:
Now we’ve got that out of the way, here’s some of the questions you should ask at the end of an interview.
In the interview you have likely already discussed what the first three months in the role will look like. This is a great question to ask, because it builds on what you have discussed and shows that you’re not there to do the bare minimum, you already want to know how to impress them.
This is also great information to learn because it tells you which parts of the role are most important to the business, and so you know which of your experience and skills to emphasise.
Employers want someone on their team who is driven and constantly looking to develop themselves: Which is exactly why it’s great to ask about training and development opportunities.
It also shows that you’re already committed to the long-term, and plan on sticking around. And that you also plan on becoming a more skilled and valuable employee to the business,
Similar to the question above, this question shows that you’re interested in the long-term. That you don’t even have the position, and you’re already wondering about how you can progress within the company shows you’re eager, determined and proactive.
Additionally, it shows that you understand the promotion won’t be given to you. You want to know exactly what you need to achieve, so you can get there sooner, rather than wait for it to come to you.
Unless you’re their absolute dream candidate, the interviewer may have one or two reservations about hiring you. And while it can feel awkward asking this question, it allows you to address any of these reservations and overall increases your chances of getting the role.
It also shows a little humility and self-awareness, as you recognise that you’re not the perfect candidate. But it also allows you to defend yourself and correct any mistakes you might’ve made earlier in the interview.
Here we’re switching from questions purely about yourself, to some questions you should ask about the company. Because it shows that you also have a real interest in the future of the organisation, and your interest in being there for the long-term.
The answer will also give you useful information on the company’s progression plan, the job market of the industry you;re entering, and your job security. Which is always nice to know.
It’s important to also find out whether the company culture is one that you will enjoy working in. If you know that you’re a social person who enjoys being part of a team, but are told you’ll be working on your own with lots of autonomy, then this may nit be the role for you.
It can also give you insight into what the business see’s as a priority: Work-life balance, flexibility, employee happiness etc.
It’s always nice for an interviewer to be asked about their own experiences. Which can tell you a lot about the reality of working at the company.
Pay attention during their answer, as there can be telltale clues that perhaps working at the business isn’t the fairytale you’ve been sold throughout.
It can also help to build a personal connection with the interviewer, which is great for your chances of securing the opportunity. An interviewer can be interviewing lots of potential candidates in a short period, and if you’ve created a personal connection, you’ll be one of the first they think of.
Questions like this can help you understand how the company is structured, and who you will be working with and reporting to. And any insight you can gain into the people you will be spending a lot of your time with is great to have, and will help you make a more informed decision.
If you’ve previous experience working with a team, it also allows you to highlight some of the successes you’ve had collaborating with others. Conversely, if you haven’t worked in a team before, it allows you to say how excited you are to have the opportunity to.
And at the end of the day, one of your interviewers may be someone you’ll end up working alongside. And they’re only human, and may want to hire someone they think will be both a better employee, but also a strong member of the team who they’ll enjoy working with.
These are, in our humble opinion, the best questions to ask at the end of an interview. But they’re not the only ones. If none of these are right for you, we’ve listed plenty more options below for you to choose from.
As we’ve discussed, asking questions around training and development is great for showing the business that you’re interested in being there for the long-term. As well, as showing that you’re eager to continue in your career and take the next step:
While you don’t want every single question you ask to be solely focused on you, it can be good to ask a few questions about how you can succeed and progress:
Of course you want to create a connection with the interviewer, and hopefully gain a bit of insight into the reality of working at the business. Which is why it’s good to ask about the interviewers own personal experience:
The questions you ask at the end of an interview are also your opportunity to gain some insight into the company culture
It’s good to show interest in the company and its future, beyond what you can just find on the company website and social media.
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