When an Interviewer Asks, "Do You Have Any Questions?"...
When I first started searching for employment after my undergraduate degree, I was initially horrible at answering the one question every interviewer is nearly guaranteed to ask, “Do you have any questions for us?” I fumbled to create questions on the spot and usually asked surface level questions that did not help me learn more about the employer or the position. I even made the mistake of replying back “no” to this question, missing this opportunity to engage my interviewer.
A novice interviewee may not realize this question is GOLD and if you reply “no” or ask thoughtless questions, you have missed an opportunity to connect with your interviewer. Coming to an interview prepared with questions is a chance to display what a great candidate you are, along with getting to know more about the position and company you are considering for employment. Keep the following in mind when you need to create questions for your next interview, and NEVER leave an interview without asking at least one question.
Tips for asking your interviewer questions:
- Do not be afraid to write your inquiries down on paper and pull them out when you are asked if you have questions. This reflects you have done some true reflection about the position you are applying for and came prepared to learn more about it.
- Ask the interviewer(s) about their experience with the company, or interactions with the position you are interviewing for. This is your chance to get a genuine perspective of what it is like to work for the company. Do not be afraid to ask about the challenges and benefits of the position, or about working for the company.
- Look into the company and position you are applying for to create pointed questions that reflect the research you have done. Having been an interviewer on many occasions, I can assure you there is a space on every interview sheet where the interviewer can write down the questions you asked. When you ask questions that reflect you have researched the company you have displayed more effort to engage in the interview process. For example, find out some of the values of the company. If one of them is sustainability, you could ask: “I’ve seen your company really values sustainability. That’s a personal value I share too, can you tell me some of the ways the company is working to achieve this value?” OR, “What are some ways I’ll be able to assist in preserving this value?”
- Do not be afraid to be curious and ask about the culture of the workplace or what a daily schedule of the position you are applying for looks like. This is one of your last opportunities to ensure you understand the position and what you would be doing.
As you prepare questions, remember it is unnecessary to ask more than three to four questions, as you do not want to bombard the interviewer. This is the last question you are asked so it is the last impression you give. If you ask relevant and insightful questions, you will leave having given the interview your best effort.
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