When you are finished with your interview, it is not uncommon for the interviewer to ask you one final question, “Do you have any questions for me?” This is one of the most dreaded questions an applicant may be asked at the end of the interview. There is a war that goes on inside most peoples’ heads when this question is asked: “If I don’t ask any questions, will they be offended because I don’t want more information?” or “If I ask too many questions, will it seem like I wasn’t paying enough attention?”
These are not uncommon thoughts that may be running through an applicant’s mind. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you will have a better idea of how to handle it when this question is thrown to you, and you will be able to answer it like a pro. Just follow these three simple steps:
Be Honest: If you truly do have questions, then go ahead and ask. If your interviewer didn’t want to know your questions, then they wouldn’t have asked you about them. Employers expect that you will have questions, as curiosity and thinking on your feet are qualities that employers value. Do your homework before your interview and have a few questions prepared, ready to fire off.
Be Appropriate: Don’t ask inappropriate questions or questions that are silly or funny. Best case scenario, it will annoy your interviewer and can make them feel like you are wasting their time. They have been interviewing people all day, they are probably rather tired of it.
Don’t Repeat: Pay attention and don’t ask questions that have already been answered in the interview. It will only make you seem incompetent and like you don’t pay attention to what the other person is saying. If the only questions you’ve prepared have already been addressed, you can ask to go into more detail, or just let the interviewer know that any questions you had coming in to the interview have been addressed.
These are some good guidelines for answering that dreaded question. However, if you don’t have any honest and relevant questions, then you can always simply tell them that. Just say that you have no further questions and that you look forward to hearing from them. This is a perfectly acceptable way to end the interview and leave the interviewer with an impressive picture of the value you would offer to their company as an employee.