Thursday, June 6, 2013

Job Interview Question: "Do You Have Any Questions?"

Easy job interview question? Think again

Reprinted with permission from


“Do you have any questions?” Finally, the interviewer has stopped spouting off questions, and he is curious to see what questions you may have. During the interview, the company is trying to get to know you, but you also are interviewing the company to see if it would be a good fit. Your questions are a great way to explore and see if it’s a nice match.

1. Have a couple questions – good questions. It doesn’t matter how many interviews you have at the same company or even with same person, you always want to have two or three (not fifteen) questions at the end of every interview. You should ask questions that will help you discover if this is the place where you want to be at least eight hours every day. Questions often fall into three camps: business-related, job-related, or personal. You should brainstorm a few before the interview. Here’s some samples to get your ideas flowing:

Business-Related Questions

How has you business been influenced by the shaky economy?
How does someone advance in this company?
Where do you see the company in ten years?

Has the recent merger had an impact on customer service?

Job-related questions

How would you describe the corporate culture?
What is the management style in this department?
What are some of the skills and abilities necessary for someone to succeed in this job?
What makes someone successful at this company?
How do you measure and determine success for this position?

Personal questions

Why did you decide to join this company?
What do you like most about working here?
What is the most challenging thing about working here?
If you could change one thing about the company, what would it be?
What do you consider your company’s strengths and weaknesses?
You should always have a few “soft” questions in your back pocket, if you find your inquisitive nature going dry at the end of an interview. It’s nice to have personal questions that you can ask anyone in any department or at any level, and it’s OK to ask different interviewers the same personal questions.

You never want to ask obvious questions that you can find out from the job description or the web site such as “Who are your clients?” or “Where are your offices located?”

Also, don’t ask the salary question during the interview. You wait to ask those questions once you have received the job offer.

2. Pay attention to the answer and ask a follow up question. A great question and answer session and conversation at the end of your interview can leave a lasting impression.

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