Your interview is almost over, the interviewer has finally finished grilling you and asks you one last question: Do you have any questions? It's time to think hard and come up with a good question, but you can't think of what to reply (too much pressure?), and what a shame, as it's important to find out more before accepting a job. What's more, the recruiter will appreciate your interest and curiosity. You can score points if you ask the right questions. Here you can find are a few subjects to touch upon... and a few to avoid!
By the way, what am I actually going to be doing?
Ask for more information regarding the job in question
The recruiter has perhaps already talked you through your responsibilities, but now is the perfect occasion to ask a few more specific questions
, or more general, as you prefer. For example:
- What long-term prospects will be available to me?
- Could you talk me through a typical day at work?
- Who should I expect to be working with?
- If chosen for the job, are there any particular areas I should focus on?
- What changes would you expect to see me make whilst working here?
- Is teleworking possible?
- Do I have much say regarding my professional development?
These are questions that you can adapt depending on the context, the position applied for and subjects that haven't been covered during the interview. Try to be appropriate and polite, there's no need to ask if you will have to make coffee for your colleagues.
What about competition?
Ask about the other candidates
Above all, ask (without feeling embarrassed) why you have been chosen for the interview
, in other words, what are the strengths of your CV. If you aren't chosen for the job, this could also be useful for other interviews, to help you improve your CV
Why not ask for news about your predecessor? This will allow you to find out if they are still in the company (if they have been promoted for example) or they have left for a different opportunity elsewhere.
And the others? Take advantage to glean some information about your competition
(how many, what kind of profile they have, what their level is compared to yours). For these types of questions, it is up to you to guess if the recruiter is willing to let you know. Certain recruiters are purposely vague concerning other candidates.
Position, objectives, strategy?
Ask for more detailed information the company
You have obviously researched the company in depth beforehand, but asking for more information will show your interest
Ask questions about the activity and/or the company values to score brownie points
! In order to do so, you really need to be up-to-date on the last company "news".
To make a link between your job, you could also ask what the objectives and strategy of the company are currently.
Ask for more information regarding recruitment
- When will I receive a response?
- How do you plan on contacting me?
- Do you need my contact details?
- Do you think that a second interview with my future superior is necessary?
You should ask at least one of these questions. In doing so, you add another point to your counter.
Sometimes curiosity comes at a cost
In general, subjects you shouldn't bring up include salary, working hours, promotions and other advantages
. Nevertheless, if it's something that's very important for you for one reason or another, you should do so on as delicately as possible, be diplomatic!
On the other hand, don't hesitate to ask questions once you are employed
(or when signing the contract) to clarify and so as not to be taken advantage of due to a misunderstanding which could ruin your whole experience.
No more excuses for making mistakes! You're ready to show your interest to the company who has given you a chance. Don't forget that the aim of interviews is to work out if you're right for the job. You are meant to "feel" that the job is made for you. It's important to know what you're getting into and what the atmosphere is like in the place where you could potentially work for six months, ten months or possibly even longer. It's the perfect time to get answers to your questions.