As your interview wraps up, you will probably be faced with the popular final prompt: What questions do you have for me? This is an important question that doesn’t just help answer any questions you have – it is actually a prompt to see how much research you did on the company, and how thoughtful, analytical, and logical you are. It can be hard to think of a response on the spot, so it is best to prepare beforehand. You want to aim to ask meaningful, reflective questions that will end off your interview on a positive note. We compiled a few reciprocal questions to this prompt that you can use during almost any job interview.
Example: What qualities are you looking for in a candidate to fill this position?
Now that you’ve completed the conversation of why you would be a good fit for the job, get the interviewer’s opinion! Remember, a job interview goes both ways. Asking the interviewer what they are looking for in an applicant can solidify the examples you just gave and give you a feel for whether you will be receiving a job offer or not. It is also a great question to ask because you will be able to learn a little more about the employer.
Example: Can you describe the day to day responsibilities I would have for this position?
If you are offered the job, you want to make sure you have all the information you need before accepting the position. Being happy and comfortable with the day to day responsibilities of the position is extremely important. There is no shame in getting more information about the reality of working in this role! Asking your interviewer about the daily tasks you will be required to complete can help you picture yourself working for the company. Are you confident in the requirements necessary to be successful in this role? Can you see yourself being successful here? This is a great question that you can ask that will help you better understand if you can answer ‘yes’ to these thoughts.
Example: What do you like best about working for this company?
The best way to make an interview go smoothly and flow naturally is to make it a conversation. Once you have finished the formal questions of the interview, ask the interviewer why they enjoy working for the company. This is also a great way to get some inside scoop on how they treat their employees and specifics about the job. It will show the employer that you care about what working at the company is like. Listen to enthusiasm and tone of voice when the interviewer is talking about the company. This will also help you to better understand what being an employee might look and feel like.
Example: How would you describe the company culture?
You want to be confident that you will fit in with the company climate and culture. The interviewer’s response to this question will help you understand if you will be able to work effectively in this company. It will also indicate other features of the company, like communication and team dynamics. If the company’s beliefs and values do not align with yours, it’s best to know now, before you accept the job. If you’re having trouble identifying what career is best for you, check out this career quiz offered on the Princeton Review. Ask yourself if you would be able to work and grow in the environment described by your interviewer.
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