You brought your A-game. You delivered. You reckon you’ve got it in the bag. Inside your head its high fives all round – but wait, what’s that sound pulling you back from your celebratory day dream? Uh oh, it’s THAT question – the one dreaded by all interviewees… “Do you have any questions for me?” It’s inevitable, so surely you’re prepared right? Riggghhhtt? Sadly, not everyone is. Don’t underestimate the impact of your questions just because they’re at the end. They count.
There’s no getting away from it, you have to come up with at least three questions to reflect your knowledge of the company, interest in the position and work ethic. If you’re struggling, here’s a list of interview questions to ask the employer to get you started.
Some people relish this part of the interview. It’s their opportunity to shine. On the other hand, there are some questions that are never appropriate to ask your interviewer. Here’s a list of questions you should steer clear of along with why they’re not a good idea and some snappy alternatives;
1.Never ask: for information you could have easily found with a quick Google search – questions like “what does your company do?” are detrimental in the interview process. Asking questions about the company that you could have researched beforehand demonstrates you have not done your research and implies that you are not interested in the position.
What you should be asking: I saw on your website that you recently took part in x, y & z. Can you tell me more about that?
2.Never ask: if you can change the job details, the schedule, or move to other areas of the business. Questions about hours, extra work and overtime imply that you are only in it for the money and don’t have a vested interest in the company. Try instead to demonstrate enthusiasm for the position, you’re much more likely to get a foot in the dour that way.
What you should be asking: What does a typical day look like in terms of this role and how do you interact with other teams? The answer will likely give you insight into expected work hours
3.Never ask: about gossip you’ve heard. Not only can this questions come off as self-serving but it gives the impression you may not be a team player, avoid looking like you’ve got a chip on your shoulder.
What you should be asking: How many people are there in the team? What’s the company culture like here?