How to Answer When Employers Ask If You Have Any Questions In An Interview

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It’s reaching the end of your interview, and you are finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel…and then the interviewer asks, “So, what questions do you have for us?” For some, this can be the hardest question to answer. You do not want to say that you have no questions, because then it will seem like you are uninterested in the company. However, you also do not want to ask a question something that was already covered in the interview. So what are some good questions to ask at the end of the interview? We’ve collected some of our best responses:

What would the day-to-day life of someone in my role involve?

This is a particularly good question to ask if you are interviewing with someone who would be your boss or colleague and who understands in detail the work that you would be doing. For some companies, the daily tasks change often, but for others there may be a same routine. If you are someone who prefers routine or someone who prefers a different type of work everyday, this is a question that will help you gain greater insight into the workflow you will have.

What is the company culture like?

Company culture is something not easily understood from a website, but through speaking with and observing the actions of those who work at the company you can get a better idea. Culture involves the less tangible aspects of a company, and can including things like dresscode, reporting structure, and hiring practices.

What is the typical path for growth?

If this has not already been gone over in the interview itself, you can ask what the typical progression for someone in your position is. Usually it will involve either: 1) Moving up to a managerial position, or 2) Increasing your expertise in a particular subject matter. You will want to know what your preference is if the hiring manager asks.

 

An important thing to remember is when going in for an interview is that you are actually interviewing the company as well for best fit. You need to assess for yourself if you would be happy to be placed in that particular firm. So make sure that whatever question you ask, it will help you to make the decision if you were to get an offer.