Interviews can be so intimidating, especially for freshers, that when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?”, most of us say we don’t . Reasons as to why we say “No” differ. We say “No” because we honestly don’t have any questions, we are too intimidated to ask or we just want to get the interview over as soon as possible.
However, this is not the appropriate response. Interviewers ask this question to see whether you are really interested or if you are a serious and professional candidate. Answering this question right goes a long way in determining whether you are fit for the position or not. Communication is key and it is also a two-way street.
In this blog, we are going to show you a few tips to provide the right answer to the question, “Do you have any questions for me?”
Let’s start with preparation.
- Research: Researching the company and its important heads is a must. The best source would definitely be the company’s website. You could also go through the company’s social media profiles or articles they have released or have been released about them. This way, you’d be able to put together a set of questions you’d want to ask when the time comes. Asking the right questions goes a long way in impressing the interviewer.
- Questions: As the interviewer might already cover the question you were planning to ask during the interview, it is best that you make a list of at least 8-10 questions, just to be on a safer side. Write the questions down on your notebook and ask 2-3 questions when the time comes. Ensure that the questions you ask are in relation to any topic the interviewer may have covered earlier. This will let the interviewer know that you are an active listener.
- Practice: Seek help from one of your friends or family members. Let them play the role of the interviewer and practice asking the questions. This will boost your confidence and when the time comes, you won’t be too nervous to ask questions.
Now, let’s take a look at the types of questions you could ask.
Regarding the job
A job description has probably been given to you beforehand or the interviewer might have covered the role and responsibilities of the position you are applying for. However, it is all right to ask them again if you are still not sure. Also, this is your chance to know what’s expected of you and what the company culture is like.
- Will I be trained by a buddy? If so, how long will the training be?
- Could you kindly walk me through what a typical day would be like for someone in this position?
- How has this role helped in the betterment of the company?
Regarding the company
This is your chance to show the interviewer that you have done your homework and that you are really interested in joining the company. It shows them that you are a person of action. The questions you ask will definitely impress the interviewer.
- I would like to know more about the career paths in this department, if it’s alright with you?
- If I were selected, what kind of growth would you expect to see in me in the coming years?
- What, according to you, is the best part about working with this company?
Regarding your skills and qualifications
This is the time for you to find out if you have what it takes to take on the role. This will also help you in other interviews should you not get the role. Plus, this is your chance to tell the interviewer how your skills, qualifications and experience will help the company.
- Which specific skills are you looking for in the person for this job?
- What qualities do you look for in a candidate?
- Do you have any doubt about my skill set for this job?
Regarding the next steps
Asking about the next steps such as the number of rounds of interviews and hiring timeline will let the interviewer know that you are confident to face each interview round. Also, it lets them know that you are interested and ready for the long haul. Confidence is also key here.
- This has been great as I’ve learned more about the company. Now, what is the next step in the hiring process?
- I must say I am really interested in this position and I am positive that I would fit in quite well. When can I expect to hear back from you?
Do not ask about-
- Salary: Salary negotiation comes in the HR round. Unless they bring it up, avoid the topic.
- Off-work activities: Asking questions about off-work activities such as company outings, special event celebrations, and vacation time will make you look like you are more interested in the fun part rather than the actual work. So, avoid any question regarding such topics.
- Interviewer’s personal details: Do not by any means ask the interviewer how much he/she makes, about his/her family background or gossip about a mutual acquaintance. Remember, this is not a social call.
- Things the interviewer expects you to know: The interviewer expects you to do your research before the interview. So, do not ask questions such as “What does your company do?”
It is important for you to remember that as much as the interviewer is interested in you, you are also interviewing the interviewer to find out if the company is the best one for you.
Interview is like dating. Both parties get to know each other better to determine whether they’ll be a good match for each other. So, be engaged in the conversation and ask questions as well.
We hope this blog helps you in acing your interview and landing you the perfect job.
We wish you all the very best of luck!