How to answer: do you have any questions in an interview?

How to answer: do you have any questions in an interview?

When guiding our candidates through their interview preparation one of the questions that often creates a sticking point is ‘Do you have any questions?’

Second to ‘give me three strengths’. Which I personally feel is a very poor question at interview stage. But that’s another blog post. Inevitably this question will appear it’s ugly head at interview stage. I say ugly because a well designed, thought out interview should involve question and answer on both parts throughout the meeting. Leaving very little to be asked at the end. An interview should be a conversation.

Asking questions is a chance for you to find out more about the employer and display your enthusiasm for the role. It is also your opportunity to gather as much information as you can on the business. So make sure you have some questions to ask your interviewer. And don’t wait for the end of the interview, ask questions at the point they are relative.

Here are 5 suggestions on how best to answer the ‘Do you have any questions’ in an interview…

 

Consider where you are in your career before putting these questions into your Interview Toolbox…

  • Ask about the opportunity for personal and career development
    • whether that be studying towards a professional qualification, leading a team, growth within the role
  • Ask them to explain their onboarding process, how will you be welcomed to the business
    • often a business impresses you at interview stage and fails at the most important stage, welcoming you to the business
  • How could I impress you in the first 3 months?
    • this will enable you to understand areas on the job you should focus on and to demonstrate that you want to make a positive contribution
  • What do you enjoy about your job or working in the business?
    • everybody loves to talk about themselves, this question will also give you an insight into the business and the interviewer
  • What challenge(s) are the business facing currently.
    • Or be specific, what are the biggest challenges facing the team you will be joining

 

And lastly, this question requires gumption. Are you ready?

Ask the interviewer… I’m very interested in this job, and think I’d be successful here. Do you think I am a good fit for the role?

As an interviewer, being asked good questions keeps me engaged and interested in the person I am meeting. The candidates who are often hired are those that have demonstrated a genuine interest in the business and position available. And in some cases are not afraid to ask the difficult questions. It isn’t always about being the most qualified for the role. Personality and cultural fit often sit high on the agenda when a business is hiring.