The Most Feared Interview Question: Do you have any questions?
We’ve all been there—our interviewer runs through their list of questions and turns the tables by asking, “Do you have any questions for me?” We know the right answer is always, “Yes,” but what if the interviewer answered everything when he or she told you about the position of the company, and you don’t have any further questions? Well, if you properly prepared for your interview, you’ll be armed with enough questions to leave your interviewer with a good impression.
Before going on an interview, read through the company’s entire website, especially the “careers” section. Culture fit is extremely important for your future success, so find out what perks they offer their employees (speaks to how they value their employees), and what they, as an organization, believe in (refer to the mission statement). Your research may lead to questions like, “How does your company determine what charitable organization benefits from the ‘corporate cares’ days?” or “What does it take to fit in culturally?”
Ask questions as they come to you during the interview. Obviously, if you don’t feel you can interject at that moment, hold onto your question and refer back to when the interviewer opens the discussion up for questions. For example, if your interviewer mentions the position is open due to a promotion, you can say, “You mentioned that the person who was formerly in this position is now in another department. What is the typical career path for someone in this position?”
Compare them to their competition by asking, “What sets your product or service apart from XYZ Company?” or “Why should I work for you and not XYZ Company?”
Inquire about the day-to-day duties of the position to make sure it’s what you want to be doing. A question like this might reveal that the duties are too entry-level for you or that you will be spending a great amount of time performing the one task you dreaded at your last job.
Get a feel for the personalities you’ll be working with by asking questions like, “Can you tell me about the culture of the department in which I’ll be working?”, “Can you tell me how many people I would be working with and a little about each of them?”, or “What is the management style of the person who would be managing me in this role?”
Learn a little about your interviewer. “What do you like most about working for this company?” or “How long have you been with the company, and where did you work before here?” will give you some useful insight into what matters to the person you’re interviewing with and why people choose to stay.
A few parting thoughts:
- Make sure your questions are relevant to the person with whom you’re speaking. Ask the HR person about benefits and culture and ask your potential manager about the job responsibilities and qualifications.
- Make sure that you don’t ask a question about a subject you have no interest in. If you aren’t interested in moving up the ladder, don’t ask if there are many opportunities for advancement.
- Avoid questions that might raise red flags, like, “Do you drug test?” or “How much vacation time will I get?”
Unsure if your questions are appropriate or need help formulating your thoughts into questions? Feel free to reach out to your Leddy Group Staffing Manager, who is at the ready to help you succeed!