“So, do you have any questions for me?”
The interview is almost over, and you’ve nailed every question the hiring manager has asked. But don’t brush off this last one as a formality.
“If an applicant doesn’t have any questions for me, that’s a red flag,” explains Angela Smith, a recruiter. “I’m thinking that they either don’t care or can’t be bothered to do research about my company.”
Almost as bad as not asking interview questions is asking one that could be answered by looking at the job description or company website.
So what should you ask to impress the hiring manager and end the interview on a high note?
We’re glad you asked.
Top 7 Great Questions To Ask Your Interviewer
Hiring managers told us the most impressive question they were asked by a candidate.
Amy Ogden, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, J Public Relations:
What is an example of a client challenge you have recently faced?
Then, in your ‘Thank You’ note, address that challenge and how you would tackle it!
Brandon Seymour, Beymour Consulting:
Where do YOU see the company going in the next year? 10 years?
He actually stumped me.
Robert Moskovits, Vice President of Business Development, Kars4kids Charity:
Can I work in the call center for a few weeks to get a sense of your donors’ needs?
The position was for a senior business manager. I was blown away.
Aaron Basko, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management & Career Services, Salisbury University:
What is the question you all really want to ask me but haven’t?
This was a brilliant question because it encouraged the committee to tip its hand about the concern we all had about the candidate, which gave him a chance to address it.
Mazin Abou-Seido, Director, Information Technology, Halogen Software:
What impact would I have on the team if I get hired?
The candidate was already thinking about what success would look like in the role.
Heidi Ferolito, HR Director of Talent Acquisition & Retention, World Travel Holdings:
I was looking at your social media presence and I can see that your brands have been more active over the past few months. Has your strategy changed?
Clearly they had done their research and were already thinking about marketing our brands.
Ashley Verrill, Content Strategist, Software Advice:
What would really make someone successful in this role?
This makes me think they are A-Players. They want to blow everyone out of the water.