It is a very common practice that at the end of an interview the interviewer asks you:
Do you have any questions?
It is also not strange that due to the accumulated tension, the nerves or because you have nothing in mind in particular at that moment that you say no, but my recommendation is that take advantage of that question to put it in your favor.
And it is a fantastic opportunity, on the one hand, to show your interest in work (you have not just gone to be explained and that’s it), and the most interesting, to earn several points and boost your candidacy with a couple of strategic questions.
So don’t miss the opportunity and ask a couple of questions to improve the interviewer’s perception of you as a candidate.
What kind of questions can you ask?
It is not a question of asking for asking. Also, do not ask something that has already been explained to you during the interview, as it could have the opposite effect and make them think that you have not paid enough attention.
About the process
- What phase is the process at right now? This question helps you gain insight into whether they plan for candidates to go through more interviews or even if they have many candidates more to see.
- When do you plan to join? So you will know a little about the times they handle.
- What are the next steps in the selection process? Denotes interest and following the topic. Keep in mind that deadlines cannot always be met and that things usually take longer than expected.
About the company / department:
- What are the main objectives for this year at the company / department level? This question may be interesting if you want to show a further point of view.
- What are the most relevant projects that are currently being carried out? This can convey that you are interested in knowing more details not only about the position, but about the activities in which you will be involved.
About the position:
- What would a normal day at my job be like?
This helps you to visualize yourself there and for the interviewer to see that you are interested in the position. You can also get an idea of whether it is really what you would like to do.
- Is it a newly created position? Here you can find out why they are looking for a person: if it is to replace someone and it is a structural position, so perhaps it is more likely that you will have the opportunity for continuity, or if it is a specific need.
My favorite question:
What are the most important skills to do the job well and integrate into the company?
This question for me is THE QUESTION, the jewel in the crown. If the overall interview has gone well and you end with this question, the interviewer will convey to you the expectations they have of the person who is going to join, and often makes mention of aspects that are not published in the offer. It is your opportunity to collect their response and take the opportunity to reinforce your message making it clear that you have these skills and that you will be able to perform perfectly in the position.
As you can see, the possibilities are many. The important thing is that you do not miss the opportunity to end your interview with a good taste in your mouth for both parties. Asking the right questions at the end will certainly help boost your candidacy and make a good impression on the interviewer.