So you’ve made it through the job interview and skillfully shared how your experience and qualifications make you the right candidate for the job. It’s about to wrap up but you know that there is one last question coming your way.
“Do you have any questions?”
The worst answer you can give here is “No”.
This is your moment.
While hopefully you have asked questions along the way to clarify details of the job NOW is the time to truly show your interest in the position, clarify outstanding concerns and set yourself apart from other applicants.
It is also your opportunity to ensure this employer is the right fit for you.
You are interviewing the employer as much as they are interviewing you.
This demonstrates to the interviewer that you are eager and sincere in your interest. It also gives them the opportunity should they think of something additional to ask. Caution: Be prepared for a one word answer to this i.e. “no”. Don’t read anything into this. It may simply mean they have everything they need.
This shows you are ready to get started and interested in making a contribution.
Why it’s a good question:
This indicates that performance is important to you and that you understand that your performance may be measured. In turn, it lets you know whether there is a formal process in place and if your work will actually be monitored.
The answer to this will tell you a lot about the company and the fit for you. You may be comfortable if you find there is no defined process. On the other hand give a little thought to what it might mean to your success if there is little or no support to get started.
This let’s your interviewer know that you are interested in furthering your skills and indicates to you whether you can expect this employer to invest in their employees.
This question is a good one but tricky. Definitely don’t ask this if it’s been covered in the interview. Some positions become available because of growth so you should know this already and may have discussed. Also not every company is in growth mode. Most however have plans for continuing or new business or tweaking/improving their offerings. The answer to this question should help provide insight as to where the company is headed and lets the employer know you have an eye on the future.
How your interviewer answers this question can be just as important as what they actually say. If they respond quickly and openly and maybe even enthusiastically it could be a good indication that they enjoy the culture and are proud to work there. If they stumble or can’t answer the question easily, it may be an indication that there isn’t a strong culture or that they are uncomfortable to admit what it is.
Once again this demonstrates your interest in joining the company but more importantly will give you some insight into organization beyond the job. It allows you to connect with your interviewer on a more personal level and can help you stand out from other candidates.
This question shows that you are open to feedback, which is desirable in an employee. It also demonstrates confidence considering that they might give you an indication you are not the right candidate. For you this is an important opportunity to clarify or provide additional information if they express hesitation.
This confirms your interest in the job. And let’s be honest – knowing how long you may have to wait to hear anything can save a lot of wondering!
There is probably no end to the questions you could ask. Just make them smart ones!
Questions should confirm your interest in the job and/or help you determine if this is the place for you.
Don’t forget to finish up the interview with a confirmation of your interest, a thank you, and a smile!
Hopefully the job is yours!
Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com
As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.
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