You’ve done it! You’ve aced your interview!
Now comes the challenging question from the interviewer, “Do you have any questions for me?” You know that you should, but all of the questions that you might have asked were addressed during the interview process. The best way to handle this and to avoid the possible panic of coming up with questions on the spot, is to have a few prepared and written down ahead of time.
Here are 7 strategic questions that could apply to almost any field or position:
1. What is a typical day like in this position? What is a typical week like in this job?
These questions show your interest in what it would be like to work for this company.
2. Who would I be working with? Who would be my immediate supervisor?
These questions demonstrate that you are seriously considering your potential place in the organization.
3. What are some of the greatest challenges facing the person in this position? What are your expectations of me in this position if I am offered the job?
These questions relate to your fit and potential future with the company. They also allow you to determine if you are up to the challenges and responsibilities that the person in the position would face.
4. What made you decide to work for this company?
You can ask this question of anyone you meet during the interview process. It gives the interviewer a chance to talk about the benefits of working for the company and it gives you an idea if this company would be a place that you can see yourself being happy working.
5. What is the company culture?
This question will help you determine if the company would be a good fit for you. Is this an environment you can see yourself working?
6. What opportunities are there for career advancement for someone in this position?
This question demonstrates that you are thinking about staying with the company for a significant amount of time.
7. What kind of training and professional development opportunities do you provide?
This question demonstrates your desire to continue learning and growing professionally in the position. Remember, an interview is just as much about you interviewing the company for personal fit, as it is for the company interviewing you for a position. The questions above give you an opportunity to learn about the job expectations and overall “feel” for a company, so you can decide if the company is a place you can see yourself enjoying work and being able to grow professionally.
After you’ve asked your questions, be sure to reiterate your interest in the position and desire to work for the company. Tie in your skills and experiences to what the company is looking for in a new hire. This may be your last chance to “sell” yourself as the ideal candidate for the position, so don’t waste this valuable opportunity. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. If the company didn’t think that you could do the job, they would not have asked you to interview.
The next time an interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?” you can calmly and confidently open your notepad to the questions you prepared prior to the interview, and begin asking. Obviously, if the question has been answered during the course of the interview, skip that one and go on to the next. That is why it is best to be prepared with too many possible questions, rather than too few.
This blog was adapted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers by Blythe Kaczmarczyk, Villa’s director of career services. For more information on career services at Villa, visit http://bit.ly/2i1HBo3.