You probably know that most interviews end with the question, “Is there anything you’d like to ask me now?” But you might now know that this question is commonly used by hiring managers to determine how well you’ll fit with the company.
For example, answering, “No, I have no questions” could signal to an interviewer that you lack enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and an understanding of all that was discussed in the interview.
So, what’s the best question to ask at the end of an interview that will not only show off your energy and thoughtfulness but also your desire to work for the company? Below are some guidelines with respect to coming up with questions that will help you get the information you want—and give you the best chance of getting hired.
What NOT to ask
- The first rule is never ask anything that was already covered in your interview. Carefully listen the entire way through your interview, because if you ask something already expressed, it’ll seem like you weren’t listening. If you need something explained further, then ask: “I’d like to revisit this point … can you elaborate on this for me?”
- Also off limits is anything regarding pay that’s unnecessary for you to know (at the moment). Asking salary questions that could be discussed later in the hiring process reveals that you’re more focused on the financial side, rather than the actual role.
- Never ask questions about flexibility with respect to leaving early, arriving late, or working from home. Again, this seems unprofessional and can express disinterest on your part.
- Don’t ask about employee reviews, promotions, and benefits. Doing so can seem like you’re more focused on where this will get you in the future, rather than starting from where you’re starting.
What to ask
- Referencing the "company culture" is a wonderful way to get insight into the energy underlining the work environment. It’ll also show that you’re interested in a deeper way of aligning with the job beyond just the role requirements.
- Asking hiring managers something a little more personal like “What do you like most about your place in this company?” is a nice way to get information about how they enjoy their role. It's a refreshing question that will make your interviewer feel like you’re interested in their perspective.
- Asking your interviewers what they'd like to see you accomplish in the role in the first one to three months is a wonderful question to ask. It shows your interest in the work you’ll be doing and your willingness to really give your talent and enthusiasm to this role. Also, it’ll help you determine whether the role is the right fit for you.
As a final note, no matter what you choose to ask, remember to keep it professional and express your enthusiasm. Your last question could very well be the final deciding factor for landing your dream job.
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