You know it’s coming. Towards the end of every job interview, the inevitable “Do you have any questions for me?”
For many it can be the most daunting part of the interview, particularly if nothing springs to mind. However, with a little preparation, there is really no reason to fear the question – in fact, if you are armed with a great set of questions, it can make a huge impression on the person interviewing you.
So rather than looking at it with fear and trepidation, try and embrace it as an opportunity to shine and prosper. How? Well, getting your questions right is essential. Do not ask too many, between two and four is plenty.
To help you do just this, here are our four fab example questions to ask the interviewer:
How would you describe the company’s culture?
More and more today the working environment is paramount to both the employer and the employee, so by asking about the company emphasises your interest in working there and the importance you believe it plays.
It gives them an opportunity to talk about the company values, which gives you the chance to see how they compare with your own personal values – a great tool to consider when judging how good a fit the company will be for you.
What do you think distinguishes this company from its competitors?
Showing an interest in the competition shows you are interested in the industry as a whole. Do a little research on their website to understand their main products and services, and then search for those online to see who else offers them. By name checking one or two, it shows you have done your research on the company and will impress interviewers.
Who previously held this position? Where are they now?
Unless you know that the position you are applying for is brand new, this is a good question to find out more about what your potential future at the company may hold. You may gain some insight into how the predecessor developed within the company, what training they were given and how the company will support your development.
Do you have any concerns about me or my qualifications in respect to this position?
While this is a rather bold move, asking whether the interviewer has any concerns about you may give you a chance to put some things straight and clear up any confusion about your skills or experience. It also demonstrates that you are not afraid to ask difficult questions and discuss things frankly – great qualities to have in business!
Also, a common misconception is that you should have these questions memorised in your head, however you should not be afraid to have your questions written down and get them out during the interview. Again, it shows you came prepared!
Remember though, do not get too carried away and ask a question that was already answered during the interview, because it may come across that you have not been listening or have not comprehended what’s been discussed.