Do you have any questions for me?

This may seem like a straightforward question and it can be, though it primarily depends on the interviewer. If you don’t have any questions to ask, which you probably don’t as your mind is completely blank at this point, then it is okay to say No and leave it that.

However, most HR managers want you to ask questions. The reason for that is asking question shows that you were attentive and that you are interested. If you are interested then you may have done some research and hence, you should have questions to ask.

Not asking any questions makes it seem like you are not invested in this position or company at all. And that is not how you want to appear to the interviewer.

They say that there is no such thing as a stupid question, but let’s be honest here, you will be judged for the types of questions you ask. So, what questions should you ask? Firstly, if you do have any questions, then do ask them, whether it is about salary, benefits, leaves, job description anything, though keep in mind that question about salary and benefits should be left till the final interview. Clear your doubts, after all you need to see if the company and the position is the right fit for you and you cannot do that if you don’t have all the information.

If you can’t think of anything, there here is a list of question that will work:

  • What are the biggest challenges that someone in this position would face?
  • How will I be trained? How will my performance be reviewed?
  • What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
  • What are the most immediate projects that need to be addressed?
  • What attributes does someone need to have in order to be really successful in this position?
  • What types of skills is the team missing that you're looking to fill with a new hire?
  • How do people grow in this job?
  • Do you have on the job training, do the employees pay for training, or are they responsible for their own training?
  • What is a typical (day, week, month, or year) for a person in this job?
  • Is this a new position? If not, why the previous person leave?
  • What is the toughest time for a person in the job? Why?
  • What is the company culture like?
  • What are the career paths in this department/company?
  • Where do you see this company in the next few years?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement or professional development?
  • What’s your favorite part about working here?
  • Is there much travel associated with this job? Where and how often?
  • What hours are typically worked in a week for someone successful in this job? Is overtime expected or accepted?
  • How many have joined in the last year?
  • How many people have left in the last year?
  • How do you measure or define success here?
  • How does someone get promoted in this organization?
  • When and how is feedback given to employees?
  • Are there performance reviews? How often are they conducted?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?
  • Is there anything else I can provide you with that would be helpful?
  • Who should I stay in touch with (get name, job title, and contact information)?

You don’t have to ask too many questions, after all you don’t want to seem like you are interviewing the interviewer. Just ask a couple that feel right, or the ones you are interested in.

Sample Answer:

Yes, I do in fact. How….(ask any question or questions from the list or your own.)

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