There comes a time at the end of every job interview when the interviewee is asked if they have any questions they’d like to ask about the job. The problem is, many of us blank on what to ask and end up not asking anything – and that’s not good.
“This is your opportunity to determine if the job is right for you,” Angela Payne, general manager at Monster Canada, says. “And by having questions prepared in advance, this shows the interviewers that you are committed to learning more about the company and the position.”
Coming prepared with questions, Payne says, also shows the interviewer that you are engaged, have done your research and that you are a good potential candidate for the position.
“Sometimes we incorrectly assume that the interview is just about whether or not we are the right fit for the job,” Payne says. “But in actuality, the interview is also a chance for the job seeker to figure out if this job is the right fit for them.”
Then there’s the opposite end of the spectrum – having too many questions.
“This isn’t an exact science, but don’t go overboard,” Payne advises. “Be aware of your audience so the questions are relevant to their knowledge and also be aware of your timing … There is no such thing as a dumb question, but make sure that you know what you are talking about by doing plenty of research beforehand.”
But what questions can one ask – or just as importantly, what questions shouldn’t you ask at the end of an interview?
To help get those wheels turning, Payne offers some suggestions.
According to Payne, if you want to impress the interviewer with your questions, it’s important that you become familiar with the company you’re interviewing with.
“Read as much as you can about the organization and the role for which you are interviewing,” she says. “This will help you figure out the most insightful questions you should be asking. Review the company’s newsroom to become familiar with what they have announced recently and see if that sparks any questions for you.”
Some example questions Payne suggests include:
Stick to relevant questions only and avoid jumping the gun regarding questions about the potential salary, Payne says.
Also, avoid asking these types of questions:
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