It’s the end of the interview and you’re asked “do you have any questions for us?” This is your chance to stand out from the competition. If you ask too few questions it will look like you haven’t properly researched the company which gives the impression that you are not really interested in the position. If you ask too many questions this can be annoying; make sure you have several good questions prepared.
1. Do you think I am the right person for this role?
If you want this job, it is important to ask this question. Hopefully there won’t be any concerns, but it is important to show the interviewer your interest and that you are more than capable of meeting the job spec.
2. What will be my biggest challenge?
Asking this question shows that you like to be prepared to meet the expectations which come with the job.
3. What are the three most important skills needed to excel in this position?
With every position there is a set amount of skills required to do well. If you need to be highly organised, is this an area you struggle in, if so can you improve?
4. Does the company offer professional training?
If training and professional development is important to you, make sure this is available in your new role.
5. What systems do you have in place?
You will need to make sure that their current systems are adequate for you to fulfil your role within the company. If they aren’t, find out if they are open to new suggestions of systems you have used in the past and know will work well. This will show that you are proactive and know when to use your initiative.
What not to ask?
Your salary – you should want the job because it will excite and motivate you, yes the salary is important but it shouldn’t be the sole decision. Wait for them to bring it up.
You should make sure that any questions you do ask has not already been covered. You want to make a good lasting impression, not a poor one which shows you don’t listen.