Having good questions to ask the interviewer truly can be the difference between getting the job you want and getting passed on.

At the end of just about every interview, the interviewer will often ask, “What questions do you have for me?” This may sound like more of a formality or just a courtesy from the interviewer but this actually a key moment in the interview.

Usually up until this moment, the interviewer has been asking questions and been managing the flow of the conversation. When they ask you what questions you have, they are passing control of the conversation over to you. What you chose to do with that control will give the interviewer a lot of information.

If you have questions to ask the interviewer, this will show that you are prepared, very interested in the position, able to be assertive and take control of a conversation when you need to. These are all really good qualities to display and can lead to you making a much better impression than you would if you did not have questions to ask the interviewer.

Questions About the Company
A good place to start with asking questions is to ask questions about the company that you are interviewing with. Try to find out more about the short and long-term strategy, culture, etc.

  • What is the company’s long-term strategy? Growth, merger, acquisitions, get acquired, etc.?
  • How is the company differentiating itself from the competition?
  • Ask about recent news or press releases.
  • What is the biggest threat? Biggest opportunity?
  • Ask how recent trends or news are impacting the company.

Questions About the Organization
After you have asked about the company, you can drill down into the actual department that you would work in.

  • What is the organization structure like – size, levels, reporting structure, management style, etc.?
  • What is the culture of the organization like?

Questions About the Position
Maybe some of the most important questions to ask the interviewer are questions about bout the position that you are interviewing for.

  • What are the responsibilities of the job?
  • What is the typical day in this job?
  • What are the expectations and associated timeline?
  • What will be the biggest challenge?
  • What training materials will be available?
  • Why is the position being filled?
  • What compensation details can you share?
  • Why would someone want to work for the company?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in the position?

Questions to Close the Interviewer
An interview is like a sales meeting and the deal you are trying to close is you getting selected as the right person. Here are some questions to help you to close for that.

  • What is the process that you will work along to fill this position – steps, decision makers, decision making factors, etc.?
  • What would you consider the perfect candidate?
  • How do I compare to the other options you are considering?
  • Is there any reason that you think I would not be successful in this role?
  • Is there anything that we have discussed that makes you concerned whether I am the right choice? Anything that makes you think I would be the right choice?
  • Based on our discussion, are we going to continue forward to the next step in the process?

 

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