Interview End Questions

Reading time: 8 Minutes   |   Written August 2019

Be prepared for that ‘Any questions?’ moment!

It works both ways

We know it’s hard to remember when you’re in the throes of an interview – but as an interviewee you have a lot of power!  Great employers may want great people like you, but you also too need to decide whether the job is really for you. 

It may sound cliched, but it really is a two-way process. Seize the opportunity to ensure you have all the info you need to make a decision about the role if you’re offered the job.

OK, so you’ve made it through the interview unscathed, you’re nearing the end, and there’s just that inevitable final question – Any Questions?

You may be feeling a little tired, so don’t take a chance on remembering – go armed with your list!  If a question has already been answered, say ‘I was going to ask X, but you’ve already covered that one thoroughly,’ so the interviewer knows you thought of it.

Here’s our tips on questions you could ask at the close of your interview:

Can you tell me more about the company culture?

This will ensure you totally get what the company does, how it feels to work at the company and whether it’s for you.

Don’t ask the question if you’ve already discussed in detail, just make clear that you had a question on your list but that it’s already been covered.

Or maybe you want to dive a little deeper into something that was touched upon earlier, in which case you could say ‘It was really helpful to hear about X earlier, can you go into a bit more detail about Y to help me understand in more detail what it’s like to work at X.’

Can you tell me more about your background and career journey?

Most useful where the recruiter is going to be your manager.  It will give you good idea as to the companies they have worked for and the experience and approach that they will bring to the role.

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How would you describe your management style?

Again, most relevant where the interviewer is your perspective manager. This will help you assess how compatible their style is with how you like to be managed.  You’ll also get a feel for whether you’re likely to thrive or not under their management.

What’s the structure of the team?

This will give you a good idea of team size and the type of team you’ll be joining. Maybe ask a follow up question such as, ‘How long have people in the team worked there?’  This will give an indication as to whether it’s a new or established team and also whether they are happy in their roles and the way they are managed.

I’ve seen the Job Description, but I’d love to hear in your words what a typical day might look like.

This is a great way to work out whether the role is actually right for you.

Ask about the main tasks and responsibilities so you’re really clear on what the job entails.

Are there opportunities for training?

This will show you’re keen to learn and continue to develop – a great mindset. It’s also a chance to explore career progression and also demonstrate how the company fits with your development plan or ambitions.

You may not aspire to be CEO, but personal develop on some level is healthy.  If you can find this within your job, that’s a good thing.  

What are the company’s plans for the future?

Asking this is a great way to show that you’re interested in the company – not just the industry as a whole. It will also allow the recruiter the chance to get overly excited whilst talking about their plans (something some recruiters have been known to enjoy).

However, there is a slight possibility that you won’t always understand everything your interviewers are talking about here.

When can I expect to hear from you? What’s the next stage of the process?

This should be your final question when you have all the info you require. It’s a great way to finish off the conversation and also ensure you know whether there’s any further preparation or interviews in the process required and when you can expect to hear.

Remember!

Exercise judgement when asking any of these questions.  If they don’t work in your situation, simply don’t use them. Or perhaps, just look at your list and say ‘We’ve covered that one already’. But you will seem prepared and if you can think of nothing else, ask about the next steps in the process.