There are hundreds of common interview questions that show up at most interviews. “Tell me about yourself” and “Why should we hire you” are some of the most common. Yet there is still a chance that you will not experience those questions at your job interview, simply because more and more employers prefer to write unique questions themselves that the applicant cannot prepare for.
One question, however, is asked at every job interview. Every. Single. One. People with little interview experience do not even realize that it is an interview question, yet it is arguably one of the most important job interview questions that you will be asked at your interview. That question is “do you have any questions?”
How to Answer
To answer this question you need to do one thing: Have questions. Ask questions that are intelligent and will provoke thought from the employer. Show interest in the company. Show them that you are intelligent. Create a list of some 15 questions beforehand and ask the best ones during your interview. Also, be ready to make up questions on the fly, and don’t be afraid to start asking these questions even without prompting.
“No, that’s it. You guys covered anything. Thanks!”
This is wrong.
“Earlier you mentioned that the department is going through some major revisions. How do you expect these revisions to affect the department’s overall culture and philosophy? (pause for answer). Are there any projects that started as more of a dream/vision but may soon become a part of the company’s pipeline? (pause for answer)…”
These are good questions. This is a good answer. You should always have questions available, even if you asked a number of questions during your job interview. Remember to ask different questions to every interviewer in case they discuss your questions and candidacy at a later date.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Ask questions.
- Don’t not ask questions.