Most interviews end with the lead interviewer asking "do you have any questions?" I have done many interviews and it is still surprising how many people will say that they don't have any questions. If you answer 'no' to this question, it comes across that either you are disinterested or uninformed. Either way, it doesn't leave a lasting impression on the interview panel. Asking questions makes you stand out from the list of candidates. But don't just ask a question for the sake of it. Some candidates are more interested in the salary and they will always ask what the salary is as their question. The interview is not the place to talk about money. Leave the salary negotiations for when the company makes you an offer.
There are benefits to asking questions at the end of the interview. It showcases your knowledge and at the same time you can get a better feel for the company.
Here are examples of questions you can ask at your next interview:
How did this vacancy arise?
What is the management structure within the department?
How many staff are in this department ?
How many employees are employed at this company and how important is this role to the achievement of the company's objectives?
Describe a typical day in this role and what are the current projects the team is working on?
What are the expectations for this role in the first 30 days, 6 months, 1 year?
What training or onboarding will be provided for this position?
What is the company culture like? And what is the culture within the department?
What is the company's growth plan for the next 5 years?
What are the biggest challenges facing the company and the department right now?
How will performance be measured? Can you describe the performance evaluation timelines and process?
What do you love about working for this company?
Is there anything regarding my skills or experience that you would like me to clarify again?
You don't have to ask all the above questions. Pick the few that are important to you and will assist in giving you insight on the company, team and culture you will be integrating into.
Happy job hunting.
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