At the end of an interview, your interviewer will likely offer you time to ask final questions. This is a great opportunity to clarify your understanding of the role and the company and become familiar with the next steps of the recruitment process.
If you’ve prepared questions in advance about the position you’re applying for, company culture, and employee experience, ask those throughout the interview as the conversation develops.
Then, at the end, ask a few more concluding questions, with the goals of feeling confident about your performance, making an empowered career decision, and demonstrating your interest in the company.
Reflect on these questions in advance of your interview, so that they become familiar to you. That way, you can smoothly transition from the main part of the interview to its conclusion, while gathering valuable information.
This question can set a positive tone for the final moments of the interview and encourage your interviewer to imagine what it would be like to have you on the team.
Listen carefully to the interviewer’s answer. How well do they understand you as a candidate? Time permitting, is there anything in your interviewer’s answer that you can address on the spot? After the interview, how might you write a follow-up email that refers to details in the interviewer’s answers to this question?
*Which of my qualifications best suit me for this position?
*Based on what we’ve discussed, what do you see as my main contribution to this company?
By asking this question, you can communicate to the interviewer that you’re interested in rising to the challenges and requirements of this position. Asking this question can also show the interviewer that you are mindful of the hiring process, which typically involves considering multiple candidates, and that you would like to rank at the top.
Listen carefully to the interviewer’s answer for opportunities to address the following:
How are they evaluating your suitability for the position?
What follow-up questions can you ask regarding additional skills training that may be available to employees?
How can you express your commitment to performing well in the position?
What ideas can you share about contributing to the company’s mission?
By asking this question, you can demonstrate your prioritization of leading a fulfilling professional life.
Alternatives or follow-ups to this question include:
What are the main rewards and challenges I can expect in this role?
What has been your proudest moment while working here?
How would you describe this company’s culture?
In what ways will working for this company help me make a positive impact on the world?
What’s the typical career path for someone in this role?
Asking this question can achieve several things for you. First, it puts the onus on the interviewer to disclose any negative aspects of their evaluation of you. Second, it shows that you are willing to receive uncomfortable information about where you stand, learn from that information, and take action to qualify yourself for a position
Listen carefully to the interviewer’s answer. What additional details about your employment history, prior experience, and current capabilities can you share? What examples of prior work could you provide? What job-related assignment could you complete and submit to show your potential?
Asking this question shows your interest in the company and the team you’d be working with, as well as your willingness to consider multiple touchpoints as you make your career decision.
It can also give current employees the chance to share their impression of you with the interviewer and other decision-makers.
This is a great question for learning what you can expect in the days or weeks to come, so that you walk away from the interview with some peace of mind.
For example, you might discover that there are additional rounds of interviewing, from a panel interview with multiple decision-makers to a case interview in which you’d propose solutions to hypothetical business challenges.
Be sure to find out when the best day to ask about updates is. By inquiring about this, you can communicate that you are eager about the position and willing to consider the interviewer’s schedule.
Now that you have examples of good questions to ask at the end of an interview, use these tips to optimize your experience:
Ask questions about the position, company, and employee experience throughout the interview, and spend the remaining minutes specifically on the end-of-interview questions.
Reflect on all of the end-of-interview questions listed above, but ask no more than three during the interview itself. Prioritize the ones that will offer crucial information for deciding if a company is a good fit for your career goals.
Listen for cues in the conversation as to which questions to ask and how to phrase them. For example, if the recruitment process takes place over multiple interviews and other assessments, asking for full details about this process would be a priority.
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