“Do you have any questions for me?”
The chances of this question coming up at the end of your interview are close to 100%. Resist the temptation to say no even if you’re confident the job is a good match for you. It is important to anticipate this question and prepare well on how you will answer it to avoid stuttering through your response.
Asking at least two questions will demonstrate your interest in the position, your drive to excel in the role, and it’s a great opportunity to assess whether the company is a good fit for you.
Keep in the mind that the best questions to ask are focused, open-ended questions. Avoid yes or no questions or those that are so broad that they are difficult to answer. You don’t want to stump the interviewer when you’re trying to make a good impression and develop rapport.
Still not sure what to ask? We have some proven examples of good questions to ask during a job interview:
1) Have I answered all your questions?
This is great first question to start with.
You can introduce it by saying,” Yes I have a couple of questions but before I begin I would like to know whether I have answered all your questions comprehensively.”
This will give you a chance to clarify on any questions that the interviewer feels that you didn’t answer well. When given a chance to clarify, take a few seconds to ensure you understand the question clearly before proceeding to answer giving relevant examples where necessary.
2) How would you describe the company’s culture?
Understanding the company’s culture before joining is important as it will help you determine how you will go about forming working relationships with you colleagues.
When asking this question it is necessary for you to know which kind of culture is suitable for you as it will affect your performance.
For example a highly innovative and creative person may not be suitable for a hierarchy culture due to the long and slow process it takes when making decisions. Such a person however may thrive in a clan culture where the key focus is on collaboration.
3) What do the day-to-day responsibilities of this job look like?
This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this is a job you really want. By learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered.
4) How do you differ from your main competitors?
You should already have an idea of the company’s major competitors, but it can be useful to ask your interviewer for their thoughts. Naturally, they will be able to give you insight you can’t find anywhere else and at the same time it will help you understand the company’s unique value proposition.
5) How does the career growth plan for this position look like?
No growth means no new challenges which in turn means you will be operating from a comfort zone where it is easy to develop a fixed mindset.
By signing up for our Skills2Grow Career Accelerator Program, you will get a chance to learn on a more in-depth level how to answer various types of questions during an interview. Our method is practical since we take you through a ‘mock interview’ to polish you up and ensure that you are well prepared to handle real interviews once you’re placed.