During a job interview, most people don’t know how to respond to the dreaded “do you have any questions?” Is this the case for you as well? Here are some tips so that you’re not caught off guard.
Recruiters aren’t just asking if you have any questions by chance. Nor are they doing it to be more (or less) friendly. For them, it’s a way to get a better read on who you are.
In concrete terms, you’ve already discussed your career experience, the job opening, your skills, etc. At this point, you’ve definitely made an impression, but this isn’t enough. If the recruiter is open and curious, they might encourage you to talk about your passion for ornithology or gymnastics. This allows them to discover other facets of your personality outside of the office.
But to take this a step further, recruiters also love to see how a candidate reacts when the roles are reversed. Hence the importance of asking questions yourself!
As you now understand, if an employer asks you “do you have any questions?,” they want you to interview them. Through your questions, they’ll be able to get an idea of:
You should ask only original and applicable questions so that your chance to speak is impactful and portrays who you are in a positive light. Needless to say, that shouldn’t stop you from asking “classic” questions you want the answers to, like “why is this position available? What opportunities for growth are there? How many other people are in the running for this position?”
But you should also ask questions that stand out from the crowd. Since it’s pretty difficult to improvise in front of an interviewer, you need to prepare in advance! Here are a few ideas of powerful questions:
And, if the company has recently been in the news, don’t hesitate to ask the recruiter about it. This shows your curiosity and that you’ve come well-prepared for the interview.
Interviewers will, without a doubt, expect you to ask questions during your interview. To stand out, choose original and pointed questions that demonstrate your worth!