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How to Impress Hiring Managers When They Ask, ‘Do You Have Any Questions for Me?’

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Sep 1, 2022

So you landed an interview and it’s time to prep. While working on the right responses to tough interview questions, don’t forget to come up with a few questions of your own. Because chances are the hiring manager will ask if you have any at the end of the interview. 

Questions to ask at the end of an interview

Stick to questions that give you details about what it's like to work at the company. That way you can decide if you really want to work there. Or if it makes more sense to keep job hunting. But remember, this is still part of the interview. So your questions should also help demonstrate why you’d be a great asset.

Sounds tricky. Any example questions I should ask?

There are lots of different questions to ask at the end of an interview that can help you connect with your interviewer. Like these:

What would a typical day look like for me in this role?

The answer to this question will give you a better idea of the skills you’ll need to be successful in your day-to-day if you get the job. And, bonus, it’ll help you connect with your interviewer. Because it prompts them to see you in the role.

What is your favorite thing about working for this company?

Learning about your interviewer’s personal experience can give you an inside look at what it’s like to work for the company. And it’s a great way to start building rapport. Win-win.

How do you see the company evolving over the next five years? 

This Q shows the interviewer that you’re thinking about the future of your career and the company. And helps you understand how you can align with that vision.Think: If you’re a TikTok pro and the company is focused on attracting younger consumers, then you might be the right fit. Talk about a career boost.

What are some challenges the team has faced in the past, and how have you responded to them?

Asking this question at the end of an interview can tell you a lot about industry concerns and trends. Which can help you see how your skills and experience would benefit the company. But listen up for the red flags on this one. Think: signs of a hostile work environment

What typically surprises new employees when they start here?

AKA “What can you tell me about the company culture?” This version works because the interviewer can end up spilling details about the culture without you having to directly ask. Look out for green flags. Like maybe new employees are surprised about how supportive their peers are, the long-lasting friendships they build, or how quickly they got their first raise. That’s what you want to hear.

How would I collaborate with my manager?

Asking this question will help you dig into your day-to-day interactions with your manager. And to figure out whether or not there would be opportunities to use your strengths to help the company grow. 

What growth opportunities would I have in this role? 

Because you’ll want to make sure you’re stepping into a career path where you can grow. And an employer that supports that growth with things like mentorship, continuing education opportunities, or networking events.

Taking notes. Are there any questions not to ask in an interview? 

Yes. Don’t bring up salary questions unless the interviewer brings them up first. Pay transparency is super important because it helps close major wealth gaps, but it’s a good idea to table it until negotiation time.  

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Prepping the right questions to ask at the end of an interview can be a challenge. But they’re a great way to get more details about your role and the company you’ll be working for. Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper so you can jot down their answers. You got this.  

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