Always Ask Your Interviewer Questions
June 4, 2021
If you’ve ever applied for a job before you’ve probably been asked, “do you have any questions for me?” Most people answer this question with a no and write it off as not having any questions at all or just wanting the interview to be over already. As a former recruiter with insight on this matter, you should always ask good questions when asked this, it shows that you’re actually interested in the job. Make sure that the questions you ask are good questions in order to make a good first impression.
Create A Good First Impression
If your interview went smoothly and you made it to the point where you’re asked if you have questions, this is where you leave a lasting impression. By asking good questions you let the interviewer know how interested you really are in the job. Adversely, if you don’t ask good questions, it will make you seem less engaged than other candidates who asked questions. Obviously these questions will vary depending on the position. If you’ve done your research and have questions that haven’t been answered during the interview, asking them will show that you’ve done your research into their company. Asking a good question such as, “what are the biggest challenges I’d face in this role?” or “what are some of the department’s long term goals?” will signal to the interviewer that you’re actually interested in the job.
Ask Good Questions
Aside from Googling generic questions to ask, which is still a good idea sometimes, doing research on the company is a great way to come up with questions. Generally speaking, questions about the role and the company are good to ask as long as they haven’t been answered and can’t be searched for. An example of something you shouldn’t ask would be information easily found on the job description, such as scheduling or salary. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask clarifying questions if you’re confused about something, but also make sure to ask other more insightful questions as well.
Being prepared before the interview should be something you’re already doing if you’re looking to land a job. If you’re already doing this, just add one more step to it, prepare the questions you’ll ask at the end of the interview.
Here’s a quick list of things to research to prepare you:
- Job description
- The company you’re applying to
- Search their website
- Look at social media accounts
- Reviews about the company/client
- Any other public information about them
- If you’re going to be working for a client, search them as well.
With all these things researched, write about 10 questions you want to ask. You don’t necessarily have to ask them all, but being prepared goes a long way when you’re being interviewed.
Questions Not To Ask
Not all questions will make you look good to your interviewer. Asking basic or easy to answer questions leaves a bad impression, even worse if you ask a question that was answered earlier in the interview. Going back a step it is important to do research before the interview, you want to ask questions that impress, being unprepared will leave a bad impression of you and will make the interview much more difficult. Generally speaking you also want to avoid asking questions that imply that the company should cater to all your needs. These questions include:
- Questions about money – even if money is your main concern, you don’t want to give the interviewer that impression. It is important to discuss salary but knowing when to do so makes a huge difference.
- Benefit questions – anything about compensation and benefits falls into the same category as salary. If you can’t find anything during your research make sure to ask, just make sure it’s the right time.
- Work from home questions – almost 100% of the time the location the job will take place will be listed on the job description. If it says in the office, chances are it’s office only.
The right time to ask about salary or about anything related to it is when the interviewer brings it up first, you will always be asked for an expected salary. If it happens at the beginning of the interview try to have the recruiter ask it at the end in order for you to properly answer, also give them a range as it is easier for them to work with.
Being prepared for an interview almost always determines if you will be hired or not. If you truly are qualified for the position, having intelligent questions to ask at the end of the interview will help you get into the final interview. So go out there and apply to all the jobs you’re qualified for and don’t forget to bring questions for the interviewer.