Picture the scene. You’re taking part in an interview for your dream job. Sitting across from you are two managers from the company, who have spent the past half an hour grilling you on everything from what you know about the company to your past experience in the field. By the time the interview draws to a close, you are exhausted. Before you say goodbye, however, the interviewers have one final request, ‘Do you have any questions for me?’
You have two choices here. Select whichever you think is the best option.
A – ‘No, thank you, I’ve heard everything I need to know.’
B – ‘Well yes, actually, I do have 1 or 2 questions I’d like to ask…’
If you answered A, unfortunately you won’t be getting a phone call or a job offer. If you answered B though, you might just be in with a shot. In this blog, we’ll explain exactly why, and provide you with some TOP tips, on the importance of questions to ask at the end of an interview, and provide you with some smart questions to ask!
What are the right questions to ask at the end of an interview?
At this point you might be thinking that it seems extremely presumptuous to claim that you won’t get your dream job simply because you failed to ask questions, but the truth is that these questions tell the interviewer a huge amount about you as a candidate. It is just not the nature of the questions, but the fact that you are asking questions in itself tells the interviewer that:
- You are genuinely interested in the company, and want to know more about them.
- You are interested in working for the company, and care about them.
Conversely, think about what not asking questions shows the interviewer:
- You aren’t particularly interested in the company/receiving any careers advice
- You haven’t really been listening.
- You don’t care enough about learning more information.
In any interview, it’s essential that you can show the interviewers how much you care. Now, let’s look at the type of questions you should be asking.
What questions are there to ask at the end of an interview?
The general rule when asking questions at the end of an interview is to try to limit them to 2-3 questions maximum. The reason for this is because the interview panel need time to assess and discuss your performance, and they also have other people to interview after you. I believe it is disrespectful to ask too many questions at the end of the interview, and will annoy the interviewer. Furthermore, asking too many questions could show that you haven’t been listening properly, and this will put the interviewer off even more.
So, what questions should you ask? Here are some very effective questions to ask at the end of an interview:
Q1. Whilst I wait to find out if I am successful or not at the interview, is there any further information or documentation I can read in order to learn more about the organisation and the role?
This question is effective because it demonstrates that you are keen and enthusiastic about the job, and that you are eager to learn more. It shows that you genuinely care, and that you are interested in making yourself the best possible fit for the role. As such, it will go a long way towards impressing the interviewers. Hiring mangers are looking for candidates who are willing to work hard and put in the extra effort. By showing them that you are willing to do this even before you have been accepted, you are showing them that you are exactly the type of candidate that they are looking for. This is one of the best questions to ask at the end of an interview.
Q2. If I am successful, will there be an opportunity for me to gain career progression/career advice and also undertake any continuous professional development in the role?
This question shows that you are intending to stay with the organisation for a long period of time, something which will be really attractive to the hiring manager. They will not want to recruit someone who is intending to move on after just a few weeks or months. Remember that employers are always thinking of long term success. Building a company around loyal, hardworking employees who want to stay and progress up to the higher levels, will allow them to achieve this.
Q3. Do you have any concerns about my ability to do this job?
This is a bold question, and on first glance might be a little offputting. However, it’s actually a very powerful and great question to ask. The reason that this is such a good question is because a) it gives you a chance to alleviate any concerns that the interviewers b) shows the interviewers that you care about improving yourself to meet their standards.
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