Besides the common pleasantries that end any conversation, interviews normally end with the hiring manager asking if you have any final questions. While this may seem like just a place where the interviewer is being considerate to any questions they may not have answered, it’s usually also one of many spots for them to check if you’re truly interested in the position.
The theory is that if you really want the job, you’ll have deeper questions than what would be answered over the course of the interview. As such, you should come up with a few ahead of time to make sure you’re prepared and can signal to the hiring manager that you do, in fact, care. Here’s a list of some of my go-to final questions in an interview. Before choosing to use them, make sure they apply to the position and make sense to ask whoever is interviewing you, and that you’re not asking things they’ve already explained:
- Is there room for growth within the company?
- What is the company culture like?
- How much of my work will be solitary/in a team?
- What drew you to the company?
- How is feedback or reviews incorporated into the position?
- What impact does my position have on the larger company?
- Who would I be reporting to?
- What’s the most important quality you look for in an employee?
- What’s something you wish the last person in [position] knew or did?
- Is there any part of my application that makes you hesitate to hire me? (this is a good way to address those issues they may have, and convince them otherwise)
- Logistical questions (is there parking, is it near a train stop, can I work from home if need be, how flexible are the hours, etc)
Final questions in an interview are good tool for both the hiring manager and you as a candidate, since they show your interest and give you more information on the job or company you’re applying for. They can also be a great place to engage in conversation with the interviewer, which is good for making them remember you. Write down a few of these before your next interview, plus figure out how to answer the dreaded “tell me about yourself” question, and you’ll be sure to ace it—whether it’s over the phone or in-person.