“Do you have any questions for me” has become a staple interview question. This is your opportunity to end the interview with a bang! While it is tempting to say “no” and be done, asking questions shows that you were listening to the interviewer as he or she spoke, and that you are genuinely interested in the company.
Here are the top 5 essential questions to ask in an interview:
What is the best part about working here?
This question illustrates positive thinking. It shows you are one to boost morale, while enjoying what you do. Further, this question may lead the interviewer to share information about extra perks and deeper insight about their culture.
May I meet some of the people I would be working with, or have a short tour?
While this question may catch them off-guard or may feel uncomfortable asking, it signals to the interviewer that you are truly interested in the position and are not wasting time. If they agree, you will have the opportunity to see the office firsthand, and observe what a day at work looks like in the office.
I recently read that…
This is the perfect opportunity to ask about current events relevant to the company. Prior to your interview, research the company and ask questions that are not obvious on their site. Dig a little deeper and show off your research skills! Again, this shows the company that you are interested in the company, and that you’ve invested extra time to learn more about them.
How would you define success for the person in this position?
This is a great question to ask in an interview for your own benefit. It will give you a more detailed guide on what the job will entail and overall expectations of the company. Depending on how the interviewer answers, you may gain insight into the daily routine, hours expected to work, and most importantly, how leadership views success.
Do you see any reason why I might not be a good fit for the job?
This question may be the hardest to ask, but perfect to clarify any misconceptions. Regardless of what answer they give, make sure to elaborate and explain why x reasons will not affect your job performance. It is always about how you say it, rather than what you are saying. So take this opportunity to shine a positive light on all of your skills. Leave the interviewer with a positive impression of you, and with a clear reason as to why you would be a right fit for the job.
Prepare your list of questions to ask in an interview in advance. Don’t show up empty-handed because not only does it look bad, but you are most likely going to forget some questions. Lastly, remember that less is more. Only pick a handful of questions that you think will be most beneficial depending on the interview and the company.