At some point in almost every interview you will have, the employer will ask “What can I answer for you?” or “Do you have any questions?” Since we all now know that not having a question to ask is a big interview no-no, what do you ask?
Some generic questions include:
- How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
- How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?
- What is the company’s management style?
- What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
- What do you like about working here?
- What can I tell you about my qualifications?
While we hope these are obvious, here are the questions you should NOT ask:
- What does this company do?
- Do your research ahead of time!
- If I get the job when can I take time off for vacation?
- Wait until you get the offer to mention prior commitments.
- Can I change my schedule if I get the job?
- If you need to figure out the logistics of getting to work don’t mention it now.
- Did I get the job?
- Don’t be impatient! They’ll let you know.
Remember: “You aren’t simply trying to get this job – you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.” – Alison Doyle, About.com Guide