At the end of a job interview you’re normally given a chance to ask any questions you may have or make a few comments and remarks. This is a great opportunity because it gives you the chance to engage the interviewer more, hence increase your chances of getting the job. This portion of the interview can make or break you; as such it’s important that you ask the right questions.
You should always prepare some questions before hand. Having no questions can give an interviewer the impression that you’re not really interested in the position or that you don’t have the ability to think independently. It can also make you look unprepared and not bright.
So how many questions should be asked at the end of a job interview? There is no fixed number of questions that can be applied to all interviews. It depends on what you’d like know. For example, you may have pressing questions concerning the talent development program offered by the organization. This may be an important question for you so you should prioritize it. Remember an interview not only gives the recruiter a chance to see if you’re the right person for the job, it also gives you the chance to see if the organization is right for you.
If some of your questions were already answered during the interview you can just comment with a word of appreciation for the good explanation the interviewer gave. Asking a question that was answered already can make you seem inattentive.
Ask questions that are open-ended and require an explanation not questions that require a simple “yes” or “no”. You should also avoid asking questions that are answered on the company’s website or public media. It makes you look unprepared. You should also avoid asking too many questions about salary as it can make you look like you’re driven by money. Even if that is the case it’s better to keep it to yourself.
Try your best to make sure that the questions are relevant to the position being offered and the particular organization. Try your best to show that you’re interested by referring to publications, news stories, etc about the organization in your questions. Be careful not to include negative stories.
In summary, the quality of your questions is more important than the quantity of questions. If you ask questions which are designed to help you learn more about the organization and arouse the interest of the interviewer you’re on the right path.
The following techniques can help you present your best foot forward:
- Prepare a response to frequently asked questions during interviews. It is easier to answer questions when you came prepared. It is a good idea to practice answering these questions before the interview. Get to know the top interview questions here.
- Show interest to whatever your interviewer is talking about. Seat leaning slightly forward with the small of your back against the chair.
- Staring the interviewer eye to eye can be distracting. What you can do is to look at the person interviewing you squarely in the nose. You’ll appear as if making eye contact. Never talk with clenched palms, honesty is communicated by upturned, open palms.
- Listen to the entire question and give yourself a moment before answering a question. This will help you deliver your answer more effectively and you will appear thoughtful and unflappable.