End of an Interview: How to Tackle "Do You Have Any Questions for Us?"

Monday, April 8, 2019 – Piraveena C

“An interview is a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you and your skills. In return, you need to prepare questions to ask your potential employer about the position, your boss, and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job for you.”

Though it is important for candidates to take full advantage of the opportunity to ask questions, it can be nerve wracking not knowing what questions to ask, how to ask questions and what should not be asked. To learn a few tips on tackling the question period in an interview, keep reading!

1. Job Specific Questions are Admired

While your potential employer is getting to know if you are a right fit for the position in the organization, this is the chance for you to see if the organization is a good fit for you. Asking questions specific to the role not only portrays your curiosity but demonstrates your willingness to learn and be apart of the organization. Not all employers look for candidates with the exact experience needed for the job – they look for candidates who they believe want the opportunity to learn and have a passion for the position they are applying for. Questions such as, “is there any special training or classes that are required to be completed if hired,” or, “what are some examples of tasks I would do and how would this impact everyday operations,” are two ways to show your interest in the position.

2. Avoid Questions with “Yes” or “No” Answers

Though it may be tempting to ask questions for the sake of asking questions, it is important to avoid asking straight-forward questions that are either answered in the job posting or have a simple “yes” or “no” answer to them. Asking questions with answers that have already been addressed can give off the idea you were not prepared enough or simply lacked attention to detail in the role you are being interviewed for. In addition, asking such questions may give off the impression you are nervous.

3. Ask a Question that Benefits Yourself as a Candidate

If you feel as if you want to talk more about your qualifications and experience, you can always ask a “sneaky” question that actually benefits yourself. A good example of this is asking the question “can you tell me what the last person in this role said was the most difficult task to do?” By asking this question, you will get to know what the last person in your role had difficulty with and in turn, talk about how you have demonstrated this skill or task in your personal experience. This is great way to bring the attention once again to your qualifications in a casual way. This additionally lets the employer know that you have dealt with situations of similar difficulty and are able to implement your knowledge to this organization.

4. Questions on pay should not be brought up

Many candidates are always curious about what the pay rate for the position is, however, any questions about pay should not be brought up during the interview. Asking questions related to pay may make the employer to think you are only applying for the position for the money. You should always wait for the employer to bring up the topic of pay, whether this is during the recruitment process or once you have been given an offer.

These four tips are great to follow and will better prepare you for the question period in your next interview!