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9 effective closing questions to ask during a job interview

When the interviewer asks if you have any further questions at the end of the meeting, it's like being put on the spot in a game show and having to come up with a million-dollar question. Like the interviewer is saying "I know you've been prepping for this all week, but let's see if you're really paying attention".

This is your chance to show that you're a serious candidate and not just a robot who says "I don't have any questions". It's an opportunity to show off your interest in the company, and learn more about the role. Who knows, maybe you'll discover something that will make you say "I want this job even more now!".

A white arm in the arm holding a pencil, in a classroom setting

Asking thoughtful and relevant questions can help demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the field, as well as your fit for the company culture and values.

That being said, it's important to also remember to not overdo it and ask too many questions, but keep the questions concise, relevant and professional. Additionally, It's also important to avoid asking questions that have already been answered during the interview, or that can be easily found on the company's website or other publicly available information.

It's recommended to limit the amount of questions you ask to three during an interview, as too many questions may seem overwhelming and unorganized, while keeping it concise and specific can showcase your focus and interest. However, the final number of questions should be based on the length of the interview and on the context of the conversation.

In summary, the question "Do you have any further questions?" at the end of an interview is not a trap, but rather an opportunity for you to show your interest and enthusiasm for the role and company, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the position and organization.

Let's look at some questions you can ask at the end of an interview.

Can you tell me about the team I'll be working with?

This question will give you a sense of the company culture, team dynamics, the personalities of your potential colleagues, the team's communication style, and any specific strengths or specialities of the team members.

What is the next step in the interview process?

This question will help you understand the timeline for a decision, and it will also show that you are interested in the role and are prepared to move forward in the process.

How do you support professional development and career growth for your employees?

This question will give you insight into the company's culture and values, and will also help you understand if the company prioritizes employee development.

Can you tell me about any recent company initiatives or projects?

This question will give you an idea of the company's focus and priorities, and whether they align with your own interests and goals.

How does the company involve and engage employees in the decision-making process?

This question will give you an understanding of the company's management style and whether it values employee input and participation.

Was there someone who had this position before? Can I ask what they are doing now?

This question will indicate whether the position is new or if you will be expected to meet the expectations of the previous employee. Furthermore, if they tell you why they left or were promoted, you will know what to do in order to learn from their mistakes or successes.

How does the company approach and handle failure or mistakes?

This question will give you an idea of the company's risk tolerance and its approach to problem-solving and innovation.

Are there any concerns or reservations you have about my qualifications for this role?

This question will give you an opportunity to address any concerns the interviewer may have about your qualifications and can be used to show your confidence in your fit for the role.

What health and well-being events do you host every year?

This question will give you an idea of the company's emphasis on employee well-being and work-life balance and also show that you value the company's focus on their employee's health.

It's important to remember...

that these are general examples and you should adjust them based on the company, position and your specific needs and interests, and also you may add some other questions that you find more important than these.


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