If you read our previous blog (Pre-interview mistakes you need to avoid) hopefully you’ll be going into your interview feeling well prepared, confident and ready to impress. Once you’ve answered all the questions, expanded on your experience and skills and demonstrated why you’re a perfect fit for the role, the interviewer will usually ask if you have any questions for them. It’s all very well making a good impression during the course of the meeting, but it’s equally important that you plan for the end of the interview and don’t neglect this vital stage of the process. An interview is a two-way process so this is a fantastic opportunity to not only find out more about the role and company, but also demonstrate your enthusiasm and depth of research. It’s worth having a few questions prepared in case any of the things you plan to ask at the end are raised during the course of the interview. So read on to discover eight great questions to ask the hiring manager. I see you have recently moved into a new market/expanded the company/brought out a new product. How will this affect the business in the future? This question is powerful because it works on two fronts. Firstly, it demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to research the employer thoroughly and find out some interesting information about the business. Secondly, it shows that you’re interested in both the role and industry as a whole. By mentioning the future of the business, you’re also aligning yourself with its progression, indicating that you can see yourself working there in the long term. Could you tell me more about the company work culture? Hopefully your research will have given you some insight into how the company operates, but it’s always useful to ask the interviewer to expand on this. No matter how great the opportunity, it’s essential that you’re comfortable with the business ethos and a good fit for the organisation, so this is a question well worth asking. How will my work performance be evaluated and reviewed? By posing this query to your interviewer, you’re positioning yourself as the type of employee who understands how vital it is to deliver tangible results. Not only will this portray you as committed and target-focused, the answer given will also provide you with an insight into the company values and if they’re compatible with your own. How has this position become available? This may seem like a deceptively simple question, but the answer can tell you a lot about the company, its culture and the future prospects for the role. If the opening is a brand new position, that could indicate the company is growing and needs to take on new staff to cope with the expansion. Has the previous post holder been promoted? That could suggest there are opportunities to advance within the company. Conversely, an evasive answer might indicate a lack of progression or a high turnover of staff, so be on your guard. What training or career advancement opportunities are there? A really good question that highlights your focus on hard work and self-improvement, not just for personal gain but also for the benefit of the company. Employers value people who are keen to improve their skills and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in technology or industry trends, so raising this at the end of your meeting will frame you as a person who’s eager to add value to the business. What’s the best thing about working here? As well as giving you the opportunity to find out more about the company culture, this question helps to build that all-important rapport, as people enjoy talking about themselves and their areas of expertise. It’s a great way to get the inside track on how the business treats its employees, as you’ll be able to read much into the interviewer’s response. For example, do they respond quickly and positively or are they more thoughtful and guarded when answering? The latter could indicate that they’re struggling to think of anything positive to say about the company, so beware. How does this job fit into the overall structure of the business? Teamwork is a crucial aspect of many jobs so the ability to work well with others is essential. Raising this question shows you not only value cooperation in the workplace, you’re also keen to know how your input would benefit the company. This will position you as someone who’s keen to make a positive, lasting impression and add value in the long-term. Why did you invite me for an interview? We covered this question in our Five psychological tips to help you impress at interview blog and it’s certainly worth repeating here. This is a powerful question to finish on because it makes the interviewer consider all your strengths, experience and the things they like about you, which means the meeting ends on a positive note. Hopefully these examples have given you a taste of the sort of questions you need to be asking at the end of a job interview. They give you the chance to dig a little deeper and evaluate the employer, much as the employer is evaluating you throughout the meeting. As we’ve previously said, it’s a good idea to have a few questions prepared in case any of them are answered during the course of the meeting. Not surprisingly, it won’t work in your favour if you ask a question that’s already been answered previously! It’s extremely important to carefully consider what you want to ask; asking something for the sake of it is pointless, so jot down question ideas as they come up during your research and make sure they portray you positively as a candidate who’s enthusiastic about the role and the company. Good luck!