Are you one of those candidates whose eyes turn to the ceiling, or who say “No” when asked if you have any questions? As a job seeker, professional or senior executive, you are smarter than that. You have already researched the company and have a list of questions to ask. After all, the interviewer(s) may have been so busy taking notes that they missed some of your key points, and you welcome another opportunity to emphasize those points.
One way of making sure that your key points were not missed and that you have demonstrated your value in the interview, is to be ready for this inevitable question – “Do you have any questions?” Here are some questions to ask:
What do you see as the priorities for this job in the first three months?
Their answer will give you more clarity and allow you to zero in on how your background closely matches those priorities.
Is there anything you’d like me to explain in more detail?
This question gives you a chance to delve deeper into your successes and illustrate your ability to exceed their expectations.
Do you have any doubts about my ability to do this job?
You may or may not get an answer to this question but if you do, it will help you to address any weaknesses or shortcomings they may have picked up during the interview.
Why did this vacancy occur?
You will want to know if it’s a newly-created position; if the person was let go, or if it’s a hot seat where no one stays for too long.
If I am the successful candidate, which duties would you like me to accomplish first?
This will go to the heart of where they are hurting, and you will have to be prepared to focus your energies in those areas first.
Since you are also interviewing the company, the responses to these questions will also help you determine if the company will be a good fit for you. Go ahead and boldly ask those questions. It’s another opportunity to tell your stories and get hired!
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