There comes a time in every interview where the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” The wrong answer would be, “No, I think you covered everything.” Instead, use this time to take control of the interview.
Be sure to listen carefully to their responses and take good notes. Interviewers are always impressed with people who come prepared with a bank of questions for them. It demonstrates your interest level and your eagerness to learn more about the position and the company as a whole. You earn bonus points for including items you learned during the interview in your questions.
Yes, asking questions will earn you bonus points but make sure you do not repeat any questions that have already been answered by the interviewer unless you are seeking further understanding or clarification. If you ask a repeat question, the interviewer will think you were not paying attention. Also, steer clear of questions that can be answered by simply visiting their website. Remember – do your homework before you go to the interview.
You can even generate questions based on what you learned from their website. For example, “I noticed on your website that you were recently named, ‘Best Place to Work in Atlanta.’ What company traits do you attribute to winning this award?” This kind of question proves to the interviewer that you did your homework. Be creative – don’t be afraid to ask a question that will make them think a little.
Here are some good questions you can ask that are sure to impress the interviewer:
- Describe the company’s culture to me.
- To what do you attribute your growth?
- Why is this position open?
- What is your timeline in filling this position and what is the next step?
- What are the measurements of success for this position?
- What challenges will I face in this position in the first 12 months?
- Am I a fit for the position? Why/why not?
- Why do you work for (company name)?
- What are your company’s growth goals?
- Where do you see your company in 1, 3, 5, 10 years?
- What do you admire most about you company?
- What sets your company apart from its competitors?
And one more thing – never ask about salary, benefits or vacation days in the first interview. You have not been offered the job [yet] so this should never come up unless done so by the interviewer.