When the inevitable “Do you have any questions for me?” comes up at the end of an interview, be prepared. The very fact that you have been invited for an interview means that human resources and/or the hiring manager already think you are a good candidate, based on your resume and cover letter. Your job is to show why you are the best candidate for the position. Remember to see things from the point of view of the person conducting the interview. That means that in addition to displaying your knowledge, experience and achievements, you can show your enthusiasm for the position and how you will fit in with the team already in place.
Ask About the Company
Do your homework and find out about the company. A good place to start is to go on the company website to find information about their mission statement, history, corporate culture, organization and products. If the products are advertised, see what brand message they are trying to convey. You can also use Facebook and Twitter pages to gain information. Once you have a background of knowledge, formulate a question or two about the product line, target market and future products.
Ask Questions that Show You Are an Asset
Based on your research and the interview, you can pick up on current concerns of importance to the company. For example, if the firm values team players, you can ask about the opportunity you will have to work with others on a team. If the company is into cost-cutting, you can ask if they have tried a cost-cutting measure that you used successfully in a previous position. Remember, it is about what you can do for the company, not how wonderful you are.
Ask Questions that Show Your Enthusiasm
Demonstrate to the interviewer that you are really interested in the position by the questions you ask at the end of the interview. Asking for a written job description or an employee handbook can show you are really interested in the job. You may inquire about the corporate structure to see how the department you are interviewing with fits in with the rest of the corporate structure. Ask why the position became vacant, and show your enthusiasm if the response is that the individual who held the position was promoted to a job with more responsibility. Another question along those lines is to ask about future opportunities with the company.
Ask About the Next Step
Close your questions by asking about the next step in the interview process. You can ask if the person you are interviewing with will be making the hiring decision, or if you will be expected to come back for another interview with someone else. Ask when the decision is expected to be made. When you get home, do not forget to follow up with an email or letter thanking the interviewer for his or her time, and reiterating your interest in the position.