16. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?
Of course you do!
Having smart and relevant questions after the interview shows that you’re interested in the job and eager to move forward. Make sure your questions express your interest to learn more about the role, the team and company culture. Remember, a job interview is also an opportunity to see if the company fits you.
Have at least four questions ready to ask in case they are answered over the course of the interview. Make sure they’re open ended questions. Employers don’t want to waste their time talking about something you could have easily found on their company’s website.
Below are a few questions to get you thinking.
What’s a typical day in the office like? Or What’s a typical day like for a (insert role)
What are the biggest challenges of this role?
What are the best skills a good (insert role) needs in order to excel at this job? Or Can you describe an ideal candidate for this position and how do I compare?
What kind of training or educational tools do you offer or recommend to excel at this job?
What makes this a great company to work for?
How would you describe the company culture?
What kind of person do you like to work with? (If you will be on a team with them)
What’s the best part of your job and what’s the most challenging?
Is there anyone else on the team you would like me to meet with?
Is there anything we haven’t covered that you feel is important for me to know about this job?
What’s the next step in the hiring process and when can I expect to hear back from you?
Feel free to modify these in your own words and tailor them to the job you’re applying for. Of course, the specific job you’re applying for would determine how you answer each of these interview questions if they’re asked.
Also, don’t forget to practice. Have mock interviews with your friends and ask for honest feedback. Or turn your phone camera on yourself and record yourself answering these questions. Pay attention to body and speech ticks you’ll need to get rid of before your interview.
Hope this article helps you prepare for your interview.