Questions to Ask at the End of a Job Interview

If you’ve been reading the Simplyhired job blog, you’ve probably come across plenty of advice when it comes to preparing for commonly asked interview questions.  While these are definitely important aspects of any meeting with a prospective employer, there’s another type of question you should be equally, if not more so, ready to tackle.

The important questions we’re talking about are those in which you’ll be inevitably prompted to ask, or should ask without prompting anyways.  At some point during the interview the hiring manager will inevitably ask if you have any questions of them, turning the tables on the time-honored tradition of the employer quizzing the employee candidate.  The worst thing you could do at this critical moment is to reply “no.”  As for what you should be asking, we have a few tips for you on that topic.

What Can You Tell Me About the Company Culture?

Sure, you may have perused the company website as part of your background research for the potential position, but this is your opportunity to get the info from people in the know.  If this seems too general, try asking about specific traits such as core values, teamwork and ability to communicate with all levels of management.

What are the Opportunities for Personal Development or Advancement?

Another important question that can help you assess whether there are long-term options with this potential employer.  There are few things worse than signing on to a new job, only to realize you’ve committed to a career dead end.  Asking this question will also let the interviewer know you’re committed to spending a good length of time with the company; a definite bonus towards landing a callback or offer.

Are There Any Concerns About my Work History or Resume?

Asking this question takes a good deal of confidence but has a multi-tiered positive impact that makes it essential for those looking to maximize their job chances.  By asking about any perceived weaknesses you give the interviewer the opportunity to share their doubts regarding your candidacy.  This not only allows you to assess your prospects for landing the position but it also provides a chance to have a frank discussion, explain away any negatives or holes and can greatly improve your chances.

How Would You Define a Successful Performance if I were to be Hired?

Our final suggestion for nailing the question portion of your interview, this little gem is the perfect way to close out any serious conversation about your potential for getting the gig.  Asking this question lets the candidate know in no uncertain terms what the expectations are for success before they are even in the door.  In addition, this also gives the interviewer the chance to picture the individual in the role, which can lead to real-world job offers.

Coming up with thoughtful questions for the hiring manager, recruiter or other decision maker is a critical part of any comprehensive interview preparation.  Part in parcel with performing background research or brushing up on the details of your work history, having great questions can round out an interview and help you end on a positive note.  Questions can also help fill in lulls in the interview conversation and, overall, help the potential employer gain insight into your character and personality, all of which are huge plusses for converting interviews into offers and long-term career positions.

Article Updated from the Original on October 19, 2017