10 Great Questions to Ask Post Interview

April 21, 2014 3 mins read
10 Great Questions to Ask Post Interview

Before the interview comes to a close the interviewer tends to ask the candidate if they have any questions.

A frequently-heard question from the interviewer in any interview is, “Do you have any questions or anything you’d like to bring up?”

Regardless of whether or not the candidate actually asks any questions, the real motive behind this prompt is to test your ambition, resolve, and interest with regards to the position. If you’re anxious about asking inappropriate questions, if you don’t know where to start, or if you don’t ask any questions at all, it will lead the interviewer to believe you lack ambition or an inquisitive mind.

As a job seeker, you should be positive and proactive in seizing this last moment at the end of the interview by asking relevant questions. Not only does this deepen the interviewer’s impression of you, it also gives you an opportunity to ascertain whether or not the company’s background and corporate culture actually suit you.

The important thing is, if you’re able to ask great questions during the interview then your chances of being hired will skyrocket. Before heading to the interview, keep in mind and roll them out when the time is right.

Ten great questions to ask after your interview:

  • What are the company’s objectives and vision has for this particular post? Is there any areas in which I could especially focus my efforts on?
  • Does your company offer any formal or informal educational training opportunities? What are the opportunities for advancement at your company?
  • Seeing as your company has diversified its operations and has both domestic and international offices, will there be opportunities to be sent or rotated abroad in the future?
  • What is your company’s biggest advantage over others in the industry?
  • When allocating work during the implementation of projects, are more senior staff members paired with newcomers? Are newcomers given an opportunity to make real contributions?
  • With regard to team dynamics, what are the qualities and characteristics of other members?
  • Does your company encourage its employees to seek further education while on the job? If so, what types of allowances do you provide?
  • What are the HR-related rules and processes does your company have?
  • Can you describe the work environment to me, or are there any opportunities to visit the company?

 

At the end of the interview, some candidates will modestly ask the interviewer, “In your opinion, how was my performance today? What are my chances of being hired?” In most cases, this question will make them think that you have a lot of ambition with regards to the position. You can use their response to further prepare for your next interview.

Morgan McKinley
shanghai@morganmckinley.com