No one likes the dreaded “Do you have any questions for us?” at the end of an interview. You have just been through, what feels like, an interrogation, and the last thing you are thinking about is: ‘what can I ask that won’t make me below my chances?’. This is when you go blank and run the risk of leaving a potentially disastrous last impression before departing the interview. I thought it would be helpful to set out what I have found to be some good advice to prepare yourself for this part of an interview.
Firstly, remember that although the interview is assessing your fit for the company, you also need to ensure that this is the right move for you. Asking questions shows how serious you are and what really matters to you, meaning if you prepare properly it should impress the interviewer and leave a positive last impression, especially since most people handle this part relatively poorly.
So when thinking about questions you are seeking (and the answers you would like to hear), consider the following:
What you need to try to achieve in the interview is:
Bearing those objectives in mind, here are some questions you can ask:
There are plenty of other questions you can ask that are industry, company or organisation specific which shows the research you have undertaken, for example, what are the challenges that the business faces in the coming three to five years? Just make sure you are meeting your objectives of the interview and get the information you need to make an informed decision. Although, be careful not to ask too many questions as it is your interview, not theirs!
I hope this helps you during the interview and provides you thorough understand of what kind of organisation you could potentially be working for.
*Emma Alkirwi is the Managing Director of the CV Guru which is a leading service provider of professionally written CVs, LinkedIn Profiles, cover letters and they also provide specialist consultancy services. Emma has over 10 years experience in recruitment and employment related services covering a wealth of industries. Having been a professional employment consultant for several years, she has provided professional advice covering everything from professional CV/LinkedIn writing, effective job searching, interview skills and preparation, presentation techniques, and general professional coaching.