15 Answers To "Do You Have Any Questions For Me?"

When the interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?” you might be thinking to yourself, we just had a 30-minute conversation, how is it possible that I more questions? But, not having a question to respond with will make you appear uninterested in the position and could make you appear as though you were not engaged in the conversation.

Being prepared to answer this when the interviewer asks is going to be extremely valuable for you. It will act as a bookend to the conversation, ensuring that the interviewer feels as though you both have had a strong conversation about the company, the position and yourself.

Let’s go ahead and dig into what’s required in order to be able to prepare yourself for this interview question.

Why Does The Interviewer Ask “Do You Have Any Questions For Me?”

Interviewers or HR managers ask this question as a closing statement to the interview. It is both a polite way of giving you the floor once more as well ensuring that the interviewer did their job in informing you about the company and the position so that you can make the right employment decision.

If the interviewer didn’t ask you this question, it might be an indicator that the interview didn’t go well. In which case you can always follow-up by email after the interview and ask them your questions then.

When Does The Interviewer Ask If You Have Any Questions For Them

The interviewer oftentimes asks this question at the end of the interview or conversation you had. This could happen over the phone, during the on-site interview or group interview. This question is considered a very healthy one and could indicate that the interview went well. But you want to make sure that you end the conversation in a way that makes you seem genuinely interested in the position and that you ask a question to them that was not covered in the conversation you had. That will make you appear as though you’ve been very attentive during the conversation.

What Types Of Questions Should You Respond With

There’s three core groups of questions you should respond with whenever an interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?” These groups are guidelines so that you don’t accidentally ask something that’s not pertinent to the conversation or could make the interviewer feel uncomfortable.

Keep your questions within these realms:

As long as your response questions to the interviewer are within those area’s of interest, you should be fine.

Good Questions To Ask At The End Of An Interview

Questions that you’d like to ask whenever the interviewer says, “Do you have any questions for me?” are ones that are related to the role, related to the company or related to the interview you just had. Be sure that you only ask questions that were not covered in the interview or else it will seem as though you were not listening.

Those groups of questions can be classified as the following.

Questions regarding what the role requires

“I’m curious what the role’s goals are currently? For example, what was the last initiative the previous employee was working on?”

Questions regarding the company

“Can you tell me a little more about the mission statement behind the company? I saw it online but I’d love to know more about what’s reinforced on a regular basis”

Questions regarding the interviewer knowing more about you

“My question is for you, is there anything in my background that would make me not suitable for this job function? Anything stand out to you?”

Questions To Avoid Asking

For the most part, avoid any questions that fit within the following:

15 Example Answers To “Do You Have Any Questions For Me?”

“How long have you been with the company?

“What roles have you had at the company?”

“What are some of the issues the company is currently facing?”

“How do you empower your colleagues with the missions of the company on a daily basis?”

“How would you personally describe the work environment?”

“What are some of the things you value most about the company and its environment?”

“How do you collaborate with your colleagues?”

“What’s the most important piece of advice you would give a new employee during their first day here?”

“What’s the process like for onboarding into the company?”

“Is there something in my resume that you didn’t see which you wish you saw?”

“Can I provide any more details on my background or work experience for you or the team?”

“How would you describe the CEO’s typical day at work?”

“Do you know what the previous employee who had this role appreciated most about the position?”

“What’s the biggest indicator for success in this job function?”

“What’s a piece of advice you would give me in order to succeed here?”

“If you could hire anyone in the world, who would it be?”

5 Best Answers To "Do You Have Any Questions For Me?"

The below questions are some of the best you can ask because they will require the interviewer to stop for a moment and give thought to their answer. In that vein, you switch the roles from interviewer and interviewee. And that will provide you some clout in the conversation.

“What’s a piece of advice you would give me in order to succeed here?”

“What’s the biggest indicator for success in this job function?”

“How would you describe the CEO’s typical day at work?”

“What’s the most important piece of advice you would give a new employee during their first day here?”

“Do you know what the previous employee who had this role appreciated most about the position?”

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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