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Many people struggle when an interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” Quite a few people are so fearful of asking the wrong questions that many times they end up asking no questions at all. This is a bad choice. When a hiring manager is winding down the job interview, they will always ask:

“Do you have any questions that you would like to ask me?” Most candidates take this as a rhetorical question and mistakenly think that the interviewer is just wanting to end the interview, but that is often not the case.

When you do not have any questions ready, you come across as disinterested or not very involved. That is the signal that you send. You always want to leave a good impression and you want them to think that you are very interested in the position. At the same time, too many questions is a bad thing as well. You can come across as too aggressive which is bad too. So why do interviewers ask if you have any questions? They want to find out three important things:

Did you do your homework about the position and the company?

Are you really interested in the job?

How are your conversational skills and thought processes?

And, since you could possibly be working at this company, it’s in your best interest to ask as many questions as possible so that you know exactly what to expect. Here are some examples of what you might want to ask…

To find out more about the company:

Where do you see the company headed?

What will the company be like five years from now?

Can you describe the company culture?

How do you stay ahead of the competition?

Where do you see this industry headed?

What is turnover like?

Interviewer questions:

What do you like about working here?

How long have you been working here?

If you could change or improve anything, what would it be?

To find out more about your position:

Is this a new position? If so, why was this position created?

Describe a typical work week/day in this position.

How many people work in this department?

Can you show me an organizational structure chart or give me an idea about the chain of command?

How will my performance be measured? By whom?

Will I be given periodic reviews?

How would you describe the responsibilities of this position?

What is the management style like?

What are the opportunities for advancement?

What is the company’s policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can keep up their skills or acquire new ones?

Work-life balance and other expectations:

How much travel is expected?

What are the typical hours like?

Is overtime expected?

Is relocation a possibility?

Follow-up questions:

If I am offered a position, when would I be expected to start?

What are the next steps in the hiring process?

When should I expect that you’d be making your decision?

Is there anything else that you’d like to know?

And NEVER ask these questions:

What does this company do? (Do your research ahead of time!)

If I get the job when can I take time off for vacation? (Wait until you get the offer to mention prior commitments)

Can I change my schedule if I get the job? (If you need to figure out the logistics of getting to work don’t mention it now…)

Did I get the job? (Don’t be impatient. They’ll let you know.)

References:

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest2.htm

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