When a potential employer asks if you have any questions at the end of a job interview, they do not want inquiries about parking validation; they want to see if you are prepared, educated and interested in the position.

Be prepared to ask at least two questions.

Below is a list of Jones Networking’s sample questions to ask at the end of a job interview:

  • If I were to start tomorrow, what would be the top priority on my to-do list?
  • Will you please describe a typical day (or week) in this position?
  • How will the success of the person in this role be measured?
  • How would you describe the culture here?
  • How would you describe your management style? (If interviewing with the Supervisor, not HR Dept.)
  • Thinking back to the person who you’ve seen perform this job the best, what made their performance so outstanding?
  • Describe the work environment.
  • How do I help you get a gold star on your performance review? (If interviewing with the Supervisor or Team Lead)
  • What would you say are the top two personality traits someone needs to do this job well?
  • What improvements or changes do you hope the new candidate will bring to this position?
  • What are three ways I can contribute to the company beyond the job description?
  • How can I best contribute to the department’s goals?
  • What are the key accomplishments you’d like to see in this role over the next year?
  • What is your vision for where the company (or department) will be in one year? In 3-5 years?
  • I know this company prides itself on _______ and _______, so what would you say is the most important aspect of your culture?
  • How can I best help you and the team succeed?
  • Why did you choose to work for this company?
  • Why is this position open?
  • What is the training process?
  • How soon would you like to have someone start in this role?
  • What is one question you expected me to ask? What is one question you wanted me to ask?
  • What is your timeline for getting back to candidates about the next step in the interview process?
  • Now that you have had a chance to meet and interview me, what reservations would you have in putting me in this position? (Resolve any concerns)
  • Do you have any concerns about my background? (Resolve concerns)
  • Is there anything that stands out to you that makes you think I might not be the right fit for this position?
  • Don’t ask self-serving questions. Candidates are judged heavily by the quality of their questions, or lack thereof. NEVER be the one to bring up salary, benefits, parking, work hours, or promotion related questions unless they ask you about these subjects. At this stage, your questions should focus on what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.
  • Be prepared! Expect questions regarding your strengths and weaknesses. Practice your story, and have answers prepared for the general questions that are typically asked at job interviews: For example: ‘Tell me about yourself.’(Always answer in professional terms, not personal.) ‘Why are you the best candidate for this position?’ (List your strengths!) ‘Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of in your last position.’ (Have at least one accomplishment rehearsed)

Of course, the more research you do in advance, the more you can ask specific questions about the company’s recent news, posts, plans, etc. Please ask at least two questions that demonstrate your genuine interest in the organization and how you can fit into their success.

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