If there's one question that gets asked at the end of every single interview, it is "Do you have any questions for me?".
It's important to be prepared for it. After all, you know it's going to be asked! Not preparing is a huge missed opportunity.
Well, first off - it's your opportunity to find out things you actually care about. Interviews are a two-way street - yes, your potential employer wants to find out if you're a good fit for the role. But, it's your job to also find out if they are a good fit for you.
Saying "no, I don't have any questions" can signal to an employer that you're not that serious about a role. I mean, you have just spent an hour, or however long, interviewing for a position and you don't have a single question about if the company is the right fit?
And, there's more...
This seemingly innocuous question is also an opportunity for you to show your employer what you're most interested in and can say a lot about you. Asking a smart, well-thought out question tells your interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the role.
Finally, this question is usually asked at the end of the interview. That means that you have the ultimate control with how the interview ends! Asking a great question will make sure you leave a lasting, positive impression on your employer.
The best questions you should ask an interviewer at the end of your interview
Here are three effective questions you can ask an interviewer. There are more questions in a new resource we prepared, The Best Questions to Ask an Interviewer. Feel free to check it out.
- What changes has your team undergone due to the pandemic? Has your team faced any challenges working virtually?
This helps you understand how the company is adjusting to everything that's happening in the world and gives you an insight into your job security.
- I'd love to hear a bit about your career path. What did you do before this and how has your role changed?
A question like this shows you what the typical career progression is in the team.
- What project do you expect me to first work on? How will success be measured?
Finding out exactly what you're going to be working on gives you a great idea on if the company is a good fit for you. Plus, the second half of the question shows your potential employer that you're results-driven.