As you near the end of your interview, the hiring manager will likely turn to you and say, “So, do you have any questions for me?” The answer should always be yes. In fact, many employers automatically reject candidates who don’t have questions because they don’t seem sufficiently interested in the role.
By asking the interviewer questions, you’ll able to walk away from the interview with a better idea of whether or not the job is a good fit for you, while also showing the employer that you’re engaged in the process and that you care about the position. So whether you’re interviewing for an internship or an entry-level job, asking questions is something you should do in every interview.
Here are the top questions to ask at the end of your interview.
These questions relate to the organization itself and are fine to ask in almost any interview.
1. What makes working at this company special?
This question shows employers that you’re not just looking for any sort of job but that you care about finding the right cultural fit.
2. How do you see this company/industry evolving in the next 5 to 10 years?
By asking this question, you let employers know that you’re interested in the future of the company and care about how your professional growth aligns with the company’s growth.
3. I know one of the company’s values is [value]. How is that defined and demonstrated here at the company?
When you ask this question, you demonstrate to employers that you did your research and that you’re looking for a company that aligns with your values.
4. What qualities and attributes make for a successful employee here?
This question demonstrates to employers that you are eager to succeed and that you are making sure you will be a good fit for the company.
These questions are specific to the position you’re interviewing for so be careful when asking them and research as much as you can about the role beforehand. For example, asking about the day-to-day responsibilities of a role is appropriate for a consulting position but would seem out of place during an interview for a sales job, where the primary responsibilities involve reaching out to potential clients and selling the company’s products.
1. What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
This question is important to ask if you are unsure what the role entails, particularly if the position is cross-function or part of a small team. This will help you get a better understanding of the job and whether it is the right job for you.
2. What is the most challenging aspect of the job?
By asking this question, you let employers know that you are rational in your expectations – no job is going to be a walk in the park. You should also know both the good and bad things regarding the job you are interviewing for.
3. What does the ideal candidate for this role look like?
When you ask this question, you are able to assess whether your skills and background align with what the company is looking for.
These are great questions to ask as the interview is winding down though again, some are more appropriate for certain interviews than others. For example, if you’re interviewing for a junior role, the question about next steps should always be directed to the person who set up your interview in the first place.
1. What are the next steps? What is your timeline for making a decision and when should I expect to hear back from you?
This question is important to ask because this will tell you what to expect in the next steps of the interview process. This is also a good time to tell employers about time-sensitive things they should know about such as if you have other offers on the table or if you need to figure out arrangements for relocation, visas, etc. Again, be sure to ask this question to your hiring manager.
2. Is there anything else I can provide you with to help you with your decision?
This question is a polite way to make sure everything is covered and there is no uncertainty around your candidacy. This will also give you peace of mind since you have done everything you can to nail the interview.
3. What’s been your best moment at [company]?
This is a great wrap-up question because it asks the hiring manager to reflect on one of their great experiences with the company and to show some the value they’ve gained by working there. This question is the perfect way to end on a high note and we recommend asking it in every interview.