Ah yes, everyone’s favorite part of the interview. It’s the time when they turn the floor to you and ask if you have questions. To be honest, this may be the most important part of the interview, or at least the part that can best help you stand out from a pool of candidates. A good rule of thumb is to always ask a question (more than one is great) but try to avoid saying things like:
Everything seems straightforward
I think we’ve touched on everything
I think I’m good
The interview is an opportunity for employers to get to know you, but it is just as much as of an opportunity for you to get to know them! That is why it is so vital to ask questions! And face it, you likely have some burning questions – whether they be about the position, the company or the person you are interviewing with. If you do have any concerns or reservations, or need to clarify things, this is your opportunity!
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with a few HR reps and asked them what kinds of questions are good to ask. My favorite was this:
What drives you to come to work each day? What pushes you day in and day out?
What has the organization done to keep you excited about work? How has the culture impacted your experience?
Key Takeaway: When asked if you have any questions at the end of an interview…BE SURE TO ASK!
Remember employers are interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them! So fire away with questions. It may be your only chance!