Written by Dave Cullen
So You’ve adequately answered all of the questions that the interviewer has thrown at you and conducted yourself with professional decorum. You have now reached that point where the interviewer asks if you have any questions about the role or company. Many candidates underestimate the importance of this particular portion of the interview. They hear the interviewer ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” and they think this is merely a cue to wrap up the interview. In truth, the interviewer is aware that your response to this question will potentially be the most revealing insight into your character, and will determine your suitability.
Candidates who don’t ask any questions will be perceived as being inexperienced and indifferent about the position, and they may conclude that they lack an insightful and independent nature. Equally, asking the wrong questions such as “What are the salary expectations for this role?” will also do you no favours. In short, both scenarios will convince the interviewer that you are a bad fit for the role. Instead of dreading this section of the interview, candidates should view this as an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the company and reemphasise their suitability.
Below is our top 5 list of some of the best questions that a candidate should ask in an interview.
1. How would you describe the company’s culture?
The interviewers’ response to this question will give you an insight into what it is like to work for the company and what its values are. It will provide you with an understanding of the expectations of the employer. You will also gain an appreciation for the business as a whole.
2. Can you describe your ideal candidate for this role?
This question shows the interviewer your enthusiasm for the position. It also allows them to share with you what they believe to be the ideal qualities of a successful candidate. You can use this opportunity to address any of their concerns about your qualifications or experience.
3. How does this position factor into the long-term goals of the organisation?
Asking this question will demonstrate your target-focused mentality. It also suggests to the interviewer that you wish to remain in the company for the long haul.
4. Why is this position available?
This question will help you to ascertain if the previous employee who filled that vacancy was promoted, fired or quit. Alternatively you may learn that it is an entirely new role created as part of the company’s on-going expansion strategy.
5. Do you like working here?
Although you can be certain that the interviewer will probably say ‘yes’, any hesitation in their response may indicate quite a lot. A shift in body language and a momentary delay in replying might be representative of a warning sign about the company. In contrast, a warm smile and a detailed explanation as to why they like working there should help to put your mind at ease.
For more career and interview advice, check out some of our other blogs: ‘What recruiters are looking for from a candidate’ and ‘The importance of a good cover letter’.