So you’ve made it all the way to the end of your interview and are feeling pretty good about it, but there’s one final portion that can really bring the interview home: the questions you ask at the end. When the interviewer asks if you have any additional questions, don’t just say no and leave! There’s no way you’ve learned everything there is to know about the company and position over the past 30 minutes, even if the interviewer was very thorough in communicating the job description. Asking two or three brief questions at the end of the interview is a great way to show that you’re really engaged and interested in the position, and that you’re the type of person who will take the time to learn more about the company once you’ve landed the job. But what should you ask? Here are a few suggestions to consider:
As a bonus, you can also ask questions about specific projects that only someone who has done their research about the company would know. It shows you are truly invested in the work and will certainly impress the interviewer!
One final tip: Be aware of how many questions you’re asking and how much time you’re taking up. If the interview was very long, you might want to move straight to the question about the hiring timeline (this is always a good question to end on). But if you feel like you’ve been in the room for only a few minutes and didn’t get a chance to show off your personality or get your main points across, you can strategically use this last portion of the interview to make a personal connection or relay some extra key information. And whatever you do, don't ask a question that's already been answered. All that does is indicate you don't know how to pay attention or listen.
--Angela Silak & Cindy Kaplan