Ask These Four Essential Questions at the End of Your Interview

John Krautzel
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Preparing for a job interview can be tough; you rehearse your answers to a myriad of tricky questions while trying to keep your nerves from getting the best of you. While practicing your answers, be sure to think of a few questions of your own to ask during the interview. Not sure where to start? Consider the following four thoughtful questions.

1. "What do you like about working here?"

Right off the bat, this question creates a bit of a role reversal, as it puts the interviewer on the spot. It's a great question to ask, because it gives you greater insight into what working for the company might really be like through the eyes of the hiring manager. Listen for clues when the interviewer responds. Enthusiasm about the people or the culture are good signs that the company is a happy, welcoming place. Hesitation or a vague response might be a red flag.

2. "What changes does the company anticipate in the next few years?"

Asking this question demonstrates your intention to be with the company for the long haul as well as your interest in the company's success. Hiring managers want candidates who are invested in their company's long-term growth. The information you gather from the interviewer's answer can also help you formulate your answers to questions later in the interview. Try to weave together the company's future goals with your expertise, and emphasize how you plan to help the company meet its objectives.

3. "Is there any reason why you wouldn't want to hire me?"

This question can be intimidating to ask during the interview because it is so straightforward. "This one question is something I would suggest every single candidate ask," says Kelsey Meyer, former president of Digital Talent Agents in Columbia, Missouri. It offers the interviewer a chance to communicate any reservations he may have about you and gives you a fantastic opportunity to address them right away and offer any needed clarification. "If you have the guts to ask it, I don't think you'll regret it," says Meyer. It's much better to know ahead of time what hesitations an employer might have about you rather than leave the interview on a confident high only to get rejected later.

4. "What are the next steps?"

If you don't get around to asking any other questions during the interview, at least ask this one. After all is said and done, inquiring about the next steps in the hiring process shows that you're sincerely interested in moving forward, and it obliges the interviewer to give you a concrete time frame in which to expect a callback.

Although your answers to the interviewer's questions are important, the questions you ask are certain to make a lasting impression. Asking questions during the interview shows that you're not just another candidate looking for any job, but a sincerely interested prospect who wants to help the company succeed.

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  • Doug E.
    Doug E.

    Great tips,thkx

  • gina t.
    gina t.

    Excellent advice!


    Very essential point

  • Patrick A.
    Patrick A.

    Good sound questions. Thanks!-

  • Richard D.
    Richard D.

    Great mind, great tips. Manythanks

  • Imelda s.
    Imelda s.

    Great advice. One doesn't ask questions when mentioned at the end of an interview.

  • Julie Pruitt
    Julie Pruitt

    Good questions. Another good one that I've heard of is this: "What would your current employees say about you?" This can speak volumes about the person sitting in front of you -- who might become your new boss. Remember -- the interview is for you to check out the company too.

  • Lisa R.
    Lisa R.

    I will definitely ask question #3! Thanks for the tips!!!

  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth P.

    I will save this great tip

  • Lori T.
    Lori T.


  • Pamela C.
    Pamela C.

    Very helpful

  • cecilia w.
    cecilia w.

    Excellent information!

  • Cornelius Bright
    Cornelius Bright

    Question 3& 4 are good to ask, it's ingarage the interviewer.

  • Anthony Straw
    Anthony Straw

    Lori, Hope ya get the position you are looing for! Everyone should ask questions at the end of the interview, It shows hiring managers that you are serious about he job. Also, I think that whether you ask questions or not, it all depends on your background and how long a person has been in their last position. However, at some point, you would hope that the employer would give ya a chance. Good luck to everyone!!

  • Mangaro K.
    Mangaro K.

    Very informative

  • Diann K.
    Diann K.

    Thanks for the tips. I will most certainly ask them at my next interview, if they haven't already been answered.

  • Lori Wolff
    Lori Wolff

    I've had multiple interviews since the beginning of this year but haven't received an offer. I assume my resume must be sufficient, otherwise I wouldn't have been contacted. So, I believe there must be a hitch in my interviewing skills. I will definitely utilize these questions. I haven't worked for eight months, and it's my turn to receive some good news!

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    Thanks for the comments. @Michelle C. do you get responses when you ask question 3? It's kind of a bold question to ask for sure but, as @Matthew C. said, it lets you gage what the interviewer is thinking. Might even make him/her take a step back but it sure could open up a whole new dialogue and let you know whether or not you want to be waiting for the phone to ring with an offer. If you only ask one of these questions at the end of the interview, make sure that you ask question 4. Don't just walk out with a handshake and a thanks without asking what happens next. Trust me, the interviewer is expecting it and may even offer it up before you can ask. Just as an ending to this - send a thank you note! Add the personal touch by handwriting it and sending it via snail mail. All the best.

  • Alexis Graves
    Alexis Graves

    Maybe this would of help me get the job I wanted as well.

  • Matthew C.
    Matthew C.

    These are essential questions but to be honest I've only really asked the first two questions. While the last two in my own opinion represents a birdseye view of how well the interview actually progressed. Question #3 creates a gage that would most certainly let you know if there are the possiblities of the call back interview or if you aren't a perfect fit for the employer. Question #4 if all when well with Question #3 this places you in the position to take ownership of the future opportunity as it prevails itself. In other words it clarifies the your presentation, the value of your qualifications, your readiness meet the challenges. Thanks for the insight and I'll be sure not to walk away from the table unless these four questions have been properly addressed.

  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.

    Question #3 - I have asked a spin on this question with several interviews with good feedback. I ask "In your opinion, what about my experience or personality will make me particularly qualified for this opportunity and what challenges do you anticipate I might face?"


    Kewl Professional questions

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    Thanks for the comments. @David G, question number 3 always gets this kind of response because it's bold and unexpected. But it can turn heads and make them think and, sometimes, it might even get you the job as it did @Diane M. You are right in that only you can judge whether asking that would be appropriate or not. And as always, this is one person's opinion on how things should go. Maybe you can't use any of these. But I would truly always try to make #4 my last question as I am leaving - what happens next. That way you will know whether to sit by the phone or chock it up to a good interview experience and move on.

  • David G.
    David G.

    I disagree with #3. I've been advised by career consultants not to ask such a question, as it is best to avoid bringing up negative aspects. Of course, as with everything, gauge the situation. If you really feel well qualified and could follow-up to their response with reassurance or a compelling counter-point, it could be a nice spin.


    Wish you'd published these questions last week, before my most important job interview in years! At least I'll have these questions if I have go through the (abysmal) process again.

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