Unmasking the Taken for Granted Job Interview Question “Do You Have Any Questions?”

Although you did well at the entire Job Interview session, you don’t want to miss the very last chance to make yourself stand out and show your potential employer how awesome you are. As I was saying, prospective employers frequently ask the same old “Do you have any questions?” question which sometimes are taken advantage by interviewees. When the Interviewer asks you this, what would you do? Some weak ones just fire out anything that comes out of their mouth. But NOT YOU. You have to be extra careful of what you ask. You need to leave them with the finest impression you can give. Asking the right questions will help you achieve that simple goal which can lead you to your high paying dream job.

Do you have any questions - Job Interview Questions

SO, WHAT SHOULD BE THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK?

It really sounds cliché but asking about the company can start a good conversation. But don’t just settle with a vague question asking “What does your company do?” At least give your job interviewer some decent questions, something that he/she will be interested to be asked and enjoy answering. Add some depth to your questions.

Personal advice based on personal experience, try asking about what would prevent them on not hiring you as their new employee. Really works for me. This would give you an opportunity to directly address any concerns that the interviewer might still have. It can also clear any misconceptions about you from the viewpoint of the job interviewer.

People always (and never fails to) talk about themselves. Ask them about what are the things they like about the company, why they chose to work there and what made them decide to work for them.

This is also the chance to ask about the position you’re applying to. Ask about the responsibilities lined up for you. This will establish an image that you’re very interested in the position. Let them feel that you are very excited to be there as a new addition to their roster of competitive people. You can also try to ask what the typical day for someone in that position is. Ask them about the biggest challenge that the previous employee encountered and how they resolved that. Though Job Interviewers might return you with a detailed answer, but at least you made them talk and be hooked in the conversation. Ask them about the workload, how they manage their time while working.

Do not ask for anything that relates to salary or compensation or anything that is quantifiable in money. It is very early to ask for this. There’s an appropriate moment for that and that is the time when they make a job offer to you.

As much as possible, avoid any question that can be answered by a yes or no. You’re not there to conduct a lie detector test so don’t limit the answer you receive from the interviewer with one word. There are tons of questions lined up across the internet if you just do a little research about this. You must not also ask any obvious questions that even you can find the answers just by using the web.

Don’t ask question that is already addressed during the course of the job interview. Asking the same question which the Job Interviewer just relayed to you ten minutes ago will leave a negative impression of you. There’s no harm in asking the same question as long as you have to clear something about. It’s a matter of delivery on how you ask same questions.

You should prepare for a follow up question to make the conversation more memorable. A good conversation will leave a great impact on the employers’ mind if you manage to establish a good and fun one.

To wrap up the conversation, ask about the next steps. What are things that you should do? Should you submit any requirements? Ask them when you will hear about them regarding the feedback of your job application. When the Job Interviewer is finished talking, say thank you for the opportunity they had given you. Restate that you are eager to work with them and you’re looking forward to work with them.

The end of the interview session puts the ball in the hands of the Interviewee and should be used properly to make their final pitch. Take advantage of it, use it wisely. Well-thought, clear, interesting and intelligent questions are the ones that leave the highest recognition from the job interviewer.

Even if a person is in his/her 50’s and still undergoes Job interviews, it’s a fact that the basics of job interview process don´t change. Being reminded about them and getting new tips is of great help.

10 Questions You Can Ask:

  • What strengths do you feel I bring to the position?
  • What concerns do you have about my skills/experience?
  • What potential do you see in me?
  • What’s the most important thing I can do to help within the first 90 days of my employment?
  • Do you have any concerns that I need to clear up in order to be the top candidate?
  • How closely do my qualifications match the requirements for the open position?
  • What is your idea of a good colleague?
  • What are the most rewarding and the most challenging parts about working here?
  • What kind of professional development opportunities are available?
  • I am more concerned about the Job position, can you describe what would be the possible duties and responsibilities that will be assigned to me?

Intelligent questions adds points to your overall score with employers. Good luck to your job interview and don’t forget, ask questions wisely. For more Job Interview Question, try reading my previous post about Surviving the 15 Possible Killer Interview Questions.

Do you have any questions?

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Ben Daggers

is the creator of BenDaggers.com. He graduated from Adamson University (Philippines) with a Degree in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy dating back 2009 and earning his MBA in Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He is currently employed as a General Accountant in a well known Global Business Process Outsourcing. He enjoys learning new things. He consumes his spare time in front of his Computer with Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

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