Career counselors recommend each question you ask serve at least one of three purposes.
You’re crushing your job interview. You’ve nailed every question thrown at you, and nothing has tripped you up. As the conversation winds down, you’re oozing confidence. Then your interviewer hits you with one final test:
“So, do you have any questions for me?”
It’s your last chance to impress the employer and make sure the job is a good fit for you — but you need to tread carefully. If you ask the wrong type of question, or the wrong number of them, you risk leaving a bad impression.
We’ve consulted with hiring experts to come up with seven questions to ask — and a few to avoid — to end your interview on a strong note.
How to prepare questions for your interview
The purpose of an interview isn’t just for the company to see whether you’re a good fit for them — it’s also to make sure the company is a good fit for you.
That’s why you should always prepare questions to ask in an interview. While it’s likely that questions will come up naturally during the conversation, you will want to have a list ready for the end of the interview just in case.
Career counselors recommend that each question on your list serves at least one of three purposes: As you brainstorm potential questions, consider topics like company culture, work environment, expectations and growth opportunities.
How many questions should you ask during your interview?
If you don’t have any questions to ask at the end of your interview, you may look disinterested and unprepared.
Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. What would impress you more: a candidate who doesn’t want to know anything about the company or role, or one who confidently slides out a prepared list of insightful questions?
Recruiting experts recommend choosing your number of questions based on the stage of the application process. For example, you wouldn’t want to unleash a fire hose of questions during an initial phone screening. During preliminary stages, limit yourself to five questions max.
If you have more, save them for later interviews. During in-person interviews, shoot for a minimum of two or three questions. It’s useful to have several backup questions ready and listed in order of importance.
During your final interview, it’s about quality over quantity. One dumb question is one question too many. But if you have insightful questions that serve a specific purpose, don’t limit yourself.
7 questions to ask at the end of an interview
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What not to ask during an interview
Asking the wrong questions at the end of an interview might leave a bad impression. Experts recommend that you never ask questions about:
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