You have successfully answered all the questions that an employer had for you and now it’s your time to shine. Then HR asks you: do you have any questions for me? Don’t let this question leave you frozen. Yes, you should ask questions at the end.
Treat an interview as an opportunity for both parties to get to know each other. With questions, you can find out more about the employer and ask for clarification.
Don’t ever say that you don’t have any questions, because it will show that you are uninterested. Questions at the end say a lot about you and these questions should be carefully prepared. Here are the best questions to ask at the end of the interview:
What do you expect me to accomplish in 30/60/90 days?
With this question, you’ll show that you are ready to get to work and that you will try to make a difference right away.
Since this is an open-ended question, you will find out more about your responsibilities, who you will work with, how the company will train you, etc. You will see how this position aligns with your skills and whether you should prepare in advance.
What are the common qualities of a person who succeeds in this position?
Asking this question means that you want to stay and that you are here for the long haul. It will also give you a glimpse of what to focus on and what hard or soft skills you need to work on.
What are the biggest challenges of this position/job?
This question will deepen your understanding of your responsibilities and accomplishments. It also shows an employer whether you are willing to overcome obstacles.
Depending on how the answer goes, you can always ask how the last person, how held this position, handled the challenges. It can say a lot about the company’s culture and mentors.
Where is the last person who held this job moving on to?
If the last person got a promotion, that is a good sign. It shows that there is growth within the company.
However, if the last person quit then there so many other questions: Why did this person quit? Was it the company, too many responsibilities, low salary, overtime, or any other factor? An HR won’t probably give the full answer, but be prepared.
Where do you see this company in the next 5 years?
Asking this question shows that you are invested in the company’s advancement and that you are thinking about the future.
In addition, the answer will give you a better understanding of how the company will follow technological advancements, what are their plans, how they will face competitors, etc.
Of course, don’t limit yourself to one or two questions. If something was unclear during the interview, ask for clarification at the end. Don’t ask yes or no questions at the end of the interview because those can be searched on the company’s website and they don’t bring any engagement.
An interview is not a one-way street, and you should use this opportunity to get to know your future employer.