Asking questions is a very crucial part of the job interview process, yet many people still end the interview with no questions to ask. This is an opportunity to shift the interview to a conversation, builds rapport, and shows how much research you’ve done about the company because now you’re talking about THEM.
As a general rule, make sure questions you ask are specific to the company, as it shows you’ve done your homework, and have a real interest in the business.
However, in case you don’t have any good questions at the end of the session, here are some questions you could ask that would be relevant to almost any interview:
1) What do you find most enjoyable about working here?
This question is great for building rapport and connect with the interviewer on a personal level. It also shifts the interview as the interviewer would unconsciously be selling the role to you, and would have a positive influence on their decision later.
2) What concerns do you have in terms of how suitable my experience is for this role?
By bringing up the concerns yourself, it’s shows a sense of maturity, humility and also portrays you as someone who cares about self-development. Many interviewers may just say “no concerns” in an attempt to be polite, so to really get answer from them, perhaps try to refer to any specific shortcoming you might have, for example, “the job spec stated you needed someone with five years of experience, but I only have four years.”
You can then openly address any concerns they have, and it could make the difference between whether you are offered the job or not.
3) How do you see me fitting into the team?
This question would give you a good sense of what the work culture is like, and also the team of people you will need to work with. The question is framed in a positive way and is also a good visualisation question to get the interviewer to see you already working in the role (a neat mind trick!).
4) What is the next step in the process?
A good way to close the interview, this gives you an idea of what happens next, how interested they really are, and is a natural way to end the conversation. And if you’re lucky, they may even tell you that they are very interested in you, and to wait for an official offer!