At the end of the last two interviews I had, the interviewers asked me if I had any questions. Both times I told them that I didn’t and I felt as if they seemed to be expecting more from me, for me to actually ask questions, but I didn’t know what to ask. I felt as if I had done really well in the interviews, but did not get called back to either facility.
Dear No Questions:
It is a standard practice for many interviewers to ask, “Do you have any questions?” at the end of an interview. When a candidate replies, “No, I think you covered it all,” it may be interpreted by the hiring manager that you are not really interested in the job.
Always come prepared with some questions to ask, but never ask about salary and benefits until the employer raises those issues. By asking questions, you show your interest in the position, play a more active role in the interview, showcase how much you know, guide the discussion into an area of your particular expertise, and have an opportunity to decide if you really want to work for that organization. An example of some good questions to ask are:
» What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within your organization/office? Can you describe an ideal employee?
» What will be the most challenging aspects of the position?
» Why do you enjoy working for this company?
» Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position? What are the day-to-day responsibilities of the position?
» What particular software and computer equipment do you use?
» How will my job performance be measured, by whom, and how often?
» What is the company’s policy on promoting people?
» Is there anything else you need to know about me as a candidate?
» How soon do you expect to make a decision? When might I expect to hear from you?