QUESTIONS TO ASK

The interview is wrapping up. You’ve made it through the questions. You’ve told the interviewer about yourself, described a time when you handled conflict within a group, and even explained how you prioritize! So you’re done, right? Not quite.

Once the interviewer completes the behavioral, technical, or personal questions, he/she is going to ask you one final question: “Do you have any questions for me?

Here’s the thing-this is still part of the interview. It’s not a footnote, or something your interviewer just happened to think of. Prepare for this by preparing a few questions to ask in advance. Keep in mind-there are questions you should ask, as well as questions you should not ask.

A handful of BAD sample questions include:

  • WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY DO? Do your research beforehand - other candidates certainly have. Even if you had fantastic answers for every question you were asked, this could easily get you thrown into the “no” pile.
  • WHEN CAN I TAKE VACATION? You won’t have to ask for vacation if you ask this question, because you won’t even get the job. This kind of question implies that your priority is not working for the company, but taking off work!
  • WILL I HAVE TO TAKE A DRUG TEST? This question is probably just as detrimental to you as a drug test coming out positive. They both imply the same thing.
  • WHAT IS THE SALARY OF THIS POSITION? This should never be brought up in a first round interview. If later round interviews lead to this topic area, it may be appropriate to discuss. Most often, it’s best to wait for them to bring this up.
  • DID I GET THE JOB? Chances are they are on a timeline for hiring new people. They’re not going to drag the process out any longer than necessary. They will tell you when they know.

A handful of GOOD sample questions include:

  • What does it take to be successful in this organization?
  • What does a typical day look like in this position?
  • What is the organization’s culture like?
  • What is your favorite part about working for this company?
  • What kinds of assignments might I expect in the first six months of the job?
  • Will I have the opportunity to work on special projects?
  • What is the next step in the hiring process?

The intention of these questions is to demonstrate that you are interested in SUCCEEDING within the organization. It’s a chance to finalize your impression as a qualified candidate and help you decide if this company is the right place for you. Remember, a company and candidate both have to want each other for the match to work. Use this opportunity to help YOU figure out if the company is a match for you.