A lot of people do really well in an interview and then right before it’s about to end, the hiring manager asks the question that you are anticipating: “Do you have any questions for us?”

The easy response is to say, “No. You have explained everything very thoroughly throughout the interview.” But this is not the response that is going to land you the job.

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Ask questions that show you understand the company

You will be truly missing out on an opportunity if you do not take advantage of this easy interview question. The key is to go into the interview prepared with a list of questions to ask the hiring manager that shows two things:

  1. That you have researched the company and can ask relevant questions about it
  2. That you can ask relevant questions that pertain to your understanding of the job and the industry.

Sample End of Interview Questions

  • How would describe the corporate culture of the company?
  • Can you tell me what a typical day would be like within this role?
  • Who would I be working with on a daily basis?
  • What are the key character traits that you think are essential for an individual to possess to succeed in this position?
  • What are the biggest benefits of the job?
  • What are the biggest shortcomings of the job?
  • Why this position is open and how long has it been open for?
  • Can you describe the team that I would be working with?
  • What are the future projections for the company both long and short term?
  • What is the rate of retention for this team? This position in particular?
  • Are there possibilities for advancement?

Questions to Avoid

Try to avoid questions about rate of pay and how much vacation time you will get. These are questions which can be addressed once an offer has been placed. You need to use this time to show the hiring manager that you are knowledgeable within the industry you are interviewing for and that you are interested in working for the company.

Please feel free to add any other questions you tend to use to tackle this question!

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