At the end of a job interview, how often have you said ‘no’ when the employer asks if you have any questions for them?
Well, today on the Blue Glove Jobs blog, we’re looking at why you should say ‘yes’ when they ask you if you have any questions, and the questions that you should be asking.
Why should you ask questions at the end of an interview?
Well, mostly simply to iron out any queries or curiosities you may have about the position. Ultimately, asking a few questions at the end of an interview can help you decide whether the position suits you or not. Asking questions at the end of an interview can also show that you’re interested in the position and that you’re not afraid to dig a little deeper. Showing that you’re interested and keen can be very appealing to employers.
Let’s take a look the questions you should ask at the end of an interview:
Can you tell me a little about the team I’ll be working with?
You shouldn’t ask this simply to decide on who you like and dislike in the team before you’ve even met them. It’s always nice to have a rough idea of the team you’re going to be working with. This question also show your confidence. The “I’ll” (instead of “I’d”) plays even more on the assumption that the job is already yours. Of course, you don’t want to overplay your hand here, but confidence (not arrogance) is always an attractive quality.
What do you think is the best thing about working here?
As someone looking to hire, the interviewer should at least be able to name a few of the things they love about their job. If they can’t stop talking about all of the aspects of their job, it’s probably a good sign. Your job is a big part of your life so it’s crucial that you’re going to be in an environment where you can work hard but enjoy yourself too.
Can people develop quickly here?
Nobody wants to work in a job where there is no chance for progression. You should constantly look to build on your skills. It’s important to find out what opportunities there are for promotion, progression and rewards going forward. It’s also allows you to ask without coming across as if you want to leap into a more senior job before you’ve even got the first one.
Do you have any big plans for the business in the next five years?
This is a great question to ask to find out where the company is headed. Is the company looking to progress and adapt? Can you see yourself being a part of the progression and the adaptation of the business? Showing your interest in the company shows the potential employer that you are keen. It shows that you are interested in the future of the business.
Have I answered all of your questions/is there anything else you’d like to know about me?
f they say, “No, you answered all of my questions very well,” then this may tell you you’re in good shape. If they respond with, “Actually, could you tell me more about X?” or “Would you be able to clarify what you meant when you said Y?” this is your chance for a redo, or to elaborate on what you’ve already said.
So there you have it, the five questions you should be asking at the end of interviews.
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