Preparation is the key when it comes to securing that desired new job.
No matter how much preparation you put into a job interview, there’s always one last hurdle you have to jump over: “So, do you have any questions for us?” The interviewer doesn’t ask that as a courtesy — they’re testing how interested you are in the gig, and how much research you’ve done into the company — so have a couple of these responses up your sleeve.
Have I answered all of your questions?
Gives you the opportunity to talk about any other strengths you didn’t get to discuss in the interview, and erase any doubts about your suitability for the role.
What does a typical day look like?
This is an obvious one — you want to know how you’ll be spending your nine-to-five, plus it also communicates your eagerness to the interviewer.
Who would I be working with?
Not only helps you to imagine how you’d slot in to the organisation, but questions about staff turnover — “How many new people have you hired in the last 12 months?” — indicates how the company’s grown.
Why is the position available?
If the role has been newly created, that’s a great sign of growth. If five people have shuffled through the gig in the past two years, that’s not such a great sign . . .
What are the opportunities for career progression?
It might be a bit presumptuous to hint at a promotion before you’ve even secured the job, but it demonstrates ambition and a willingness to stick around for the long haul.
Where do you see this company in five years?
Displaying an interest in the organisation’s goals shows commitment, and unearths info on the values of the place and how well your goals align with theirs.
How do you define success?
Knowing what your manager values, and how they provide feedback, provides more insight into the culture you’re joining. Plus, everyone wants to know a little bit about their future boss.
What do you love about working here?
Builds a personal connection that could help you stand out from a long list of candidates, and helps reveal what makes the company tick. If you then ask about what they don’t like and the answer’s ‘nothing’, major red flag.
What salary range do you have in mind for this position?
It’s definitely acceptable to get down to brass tacks by the final interview — be firm about what you’re worth because a bit of backbone in this slightly awkward moment can net you thousands.
What’s the next step in the process?
Practical questions about how and when they’ll be in touch shows confidence and reiterates your desire to secure the job.