You’ve answered all the questions, the job interview has gone OK but just before you leave, your potential employer turns the tables: “So, do YOU have any questions for ME?” they ask, expectantly. Don’t panic and say no. Instead, whip out one of our foolproof options below.
NB: take a moment to “think” before reeling them off; you want this to sound spontaneous because, hey, you’re quick on your feet and work well under pressure right?
Questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the interview
#1 What do you enjoy most about working here?
Oh, this is a good one. However they respond, take aspects of their answer to further prove why you’d fit in so well there. E.g. “Oh there’s great cameraderie and you all go out every week to a different place you say? Have you ever tried [insert name of cool new bar here]” or “Meeting new clients and networking is your favourite part of the job? That was my favourite part of my old job!”
Top tip: An enthusiastic agreement and a “Yeah that’s what attracted me to apply for the position in the first place!” works well unless they’ve said something like “the money” or “I hate it here I just want to leave”. In which case, just smile and nod.
#2 What are the company’s core goals?
This shows you’re genuinely interested in what makes the business tick, as opposed to just desperate for any old employment. Ask a few follow-up questions, delving deeper into a few that appeal to you while being sure to frown slightly in concentration and fascination. Some would call it Putting On Your Serious Face.
Top tip: Have a think about some common core goals before the interview. Research the company; they’ll probably either hint at, or feature them, on the site. In which case, go specific: “I see you’re aiming to go global, could you tell me more about how you’re going to do this?”
#3 How much collaboration will the job involve? I love working with other people.
This shows you’re a team player, that you can come up with ideas and that you like brainstorming. Sorry, thoughtshowering. If they think you’ll respond well to new ideas and methods of thinking, that’s much better than being narrow-minded and unable to take criticism. There’s rarely an employer who looks down on those who work well with other people…
Top tip: Throw in a sentence about working well independently, just so they know you’re horrifically multi-talented. And don’t desperately need people around you in order to have ideas.
#4 Where would you like to see me after six months of working here?
In terms of achievements, obviously. You’re talking like you’ve already got the job, which not only shows confidence in your ability, but plants the idea into your interviewer’s mind. Like a very stealthy wizard. Oh, and it’s a great way to slot in bits of experience you’d maybe left out earlier on. Think “Ah you want me to research markets/liaise with clients/tapdance, which is great as I did just that at uni/college/a part-time job!”
Top tip: Don’t look surprised at anything they say. In fact, look like you expected that. Think “Oh, of course! OBViously!” in your head and rearrange your face to reflect this.
#5 What would my typical working day look like?
This sparks conversation, as you can express your interest in being able to occasionally present to clients/pitch ideas/archive files (making sure to throw in the odd “I LOVE ARCHIVING!” for good measure. Provided they mention archiving) as well as talking about why you enjoy them. Again, mentioning past experience wherever you possibly can.
Top tip: Don’t interrupt them and ask about your lunchbreak, overtime or whether you’ll have your own desk. Let them set the tone and keep it positive.
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