You have just completed a job interview and you feel good about your performance; the guys on the panel are all smiles and suddenly, one of them asks, ‘Do you have any questions for us?’

Truthfully, sometimes you will not have any questions and you will be tempted to say, “NO” but you shouldn’t! To have a chance of securing the job, always say yes. Having questions to ask an interviewer makes you look interested, enthusiastic and engaged. Asking the right questions at the end of your job interview also gives you a chance to further highlight your relevant qualities and experience in the role you have applied for.

While it’s ok to ask your interviewer to clarify certain points, avoid asking about anything that has previously been covered. You don’t want them to think that you haven’t been paying attention.

If you need some inspiration here are some good questions to ask at an interview…

Could you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?

While the job advert may have listed responsibilities and qualifications, this question shows that you are cognizant of the fact that different companies treat roles differently based on the particular organization’s requirements. Many small businesses for example require the administrative assistant to tackle other complementary roles like book-keeping and some basic clerical duties.

The answer that your interviewer gives for this question will give you a clearer idea of what the employer’s expectations are so that if you’re offered the job, there are no surprises.

Where do you think the company is headed in the 3-5 years?

This is a good question that will give you an insight into the company’s progression or growth plans and its place in the market and also give you a general idea about job security. Asking about future plans of a potential employer shows a real interest in the organization and a hint at your willingness to commit to long-term with them.

How would you describe the working culture of this organization?

What we love most about this question is that it puts the interviewer on the spot! It will expose a leader who is not deliberate about their organizational culture which could be a red flag. Asking this question is a great way to assess the working environment of the company and offers you the opportunity to discover whether you’ll fit in or enjoy working there.

What do you enjoy about your working here?

If the panel includes more than one interviewer, single out one person and address them by name. it is better if the person isn’t the boss. Everybody loves to talk about themselves and this question will allow you to connect with your interviewer and if answered honestly, you could learn a lot from their answer.

Asking questions is a simple way to show that you’re truly interested in the role and the company. remember to avoid yes or no questions and avoid questions to do with perks and benefits as they may make some interviewers perceive you as a “benefit-chaser” instead of a “goal-chaser.”

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