How to Answer “Do You Have Any Questions?” at a Job Interview
How to Answer “Do You Have Any Questions?” to Help You Stand Out in a Job Interview
Interviewing for a job can be a very stressful event for any applicant. Put on the spot and expected to sell yourself in front of a stranger can put you in a very uncomfortable position.
Then, just when you think the interview is finally over, the interviewer asks if you have any questions. It’s often at this moment that your mind goes completely blank. However, answering a simple “no” is not a great idea as you run the risk of giving the assumption that you are either disengaged, uninterested, or too dull to stand out from the crowd of other interviewees.
Fortunately, with practice, you can gain enough confidence in yourself to ask the right questions, leaving your interviewer with a good impression.
Knowing why an interviewer wants you to ask them questions is a big piece of the puzzle. Here are a few of the reasons:
- They want to test how much you know about their company. This tells how much effort you’ve already been willing to put in, which helps gauge how hard you might work if they give you the job.
- They want to be sure you’ve been paying attention in the interview. If you ask questions or ask for clarifications on things they have already said, this shows that you are unable to focus and pay attention, which can prove to be detrimental if hired.
They are gauging the level of your engagement. They also want to give you the opportunity to stand out and be memorable compared to all the other applicants.
Questions That Will Help You Get the Job
Doing a bit of research on the company and the job itself will naturally go a long way to helping you come up with intelligent, informed questions. This will show the interviewer that you have a real interest in them and what they do . . . as well as helping you avoid that embarrassing deer-in-the-headlights look when you are expected to have a question prepared.
Here are the types of questions you should ask at the end of the interview:
- Questions About the Job: You should want to know as much as possible about the job you are applying for, so ask about how the teams are structured, what your responsibilities would be, and the required working hours. Be sure you understand everything they are saying in response.
- Questions About the Company: Even though you should have done some company research ahead of time, it’s still important to ask questions about what you found. Also, ask about the company culture. It’s also a great idea to ask the interviewer why he or she personally loves working for the company.
- Questions About the Interview: Depending on the company and the position you are applying for, you may have more than one interview. Ask the interviewer about the next step in the interviewing/hiring process. Can they give you a timeline on hearing back from them? These questions show that you care about this job and are eager for it.
Three Other Important Interview Tips
Before you head to your interview, refresh yourself on these important interview tips:
Bring an extra copy of your resume and be prepared to back up every line of it with examples and explanations of your experience and qualifications. Also bring your list of references, a portfolio of your work (if relevant), and a notepad and pen.
Practice answering typical questions that may be asked of you, such as:
- Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- Why do you want this job?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Why should we hire you?
“Business Dress” is typically a safe bet for interviews but varies in definition from job to job. If you are applying at a traditional business, dress pants and a jacket are a safe bet for both men and women. If you are applying at a more casual business, nice pants and a button-up shirt or blouse will work just fine.
When in doubt, it’s best to always err on the side of caution and overdress rather than underdress.