As your interview draws to a close the common interview question do you have any questions for us ? is probably one you will hear most often.
When asked this it may make you growl inside as the interview may have provided you with all of the information you require. However, it is so important that you think of a question to ask, otherwise, the interviewer may assume you haven’t been engaged during the interview (and you don’t want that).
Like I have mentioned, this question is very common, so this should give you more incentive to prepare for it (even though I always say to prepare for all potential questions)! That is the top tip I can give you for this question, preparation is the key.
That doesn’t seem like as many tips as usual, does it? Well, there are many more things that you should definitely avoid when answering this question, and I’m going to tell you (the balance):
- Activities unrelated to work: It’s completely fine to ask about office culture but try and avoid asking things about staff outings, lunches and holidays. Doing this will portray you as someone who isn’t fully invested in the company.
- The interviewer’s personal life: You wouldn’t expect an interviewer to ask you about personal things such as your family, so give them the same courtesy they give you!
- Things you could answer yourself: If you ask a question that could be answered by looking at the website, it will be dismissed. The interviewer will have expected you to research the company before the interview process, don’t forget to do your research.
- Salary and benefits: During the first round of interviews it isn’t the right time to start getting specific about salaries. It makes you seem that you are uninterested about the work, just the money.
Interview question do you have any questions for us ? ……..
So, I’ve told you what to avoid, but what do you ask when answering this question? Don’t panic, take a look at these examples that you can tailor to suit yourself and the job you are being interviewed for:
- Questions about the role: At this point in the interview, it would be a great opportunity to ask about what you would be doing if you were successful. You could ask this such as ‘if I were hired for this role, what would you want me to achieve in my first months in the position?’ This way you will know what is expected of you before you even get the job!
- Questions about the company: Asking questions about the company will show that you are very interested in working them. By asking questions such as ‘what are the company’s goals for the upcoming year?’ it highlights that you want to be there to help achieve those goals!
- Questions about you: This could be a good time to get a sense of how the interviewer perceived you when reading your CV and when talking to you during the interview. By asking something like ‘do you have any concerns about my candidacy?’ it will allow you to address those concerns and improve upon yourself in the future.
I hope that these tips have put your mind at ease for future interviews, but don’t forget to prepare! Do you have any more tips that you think would be useful for answering this question? If so, I would love to hear them. Leave a comment below!