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The Right Questions to Ask at the End of Your Interview

You’ve made it through the interview and can tell things are winding down. But, before wrapping things up, chances are that any experienced interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Why do interviewers ask this? Do they think they missed something? Are they just being nice?

Possibly. But, more likely, this is the last test of the interview process. The interviewer wants to see that you were paying attention, that you’ve got some curiosity about the company and are more invested in finding the right fit than just getting a job – any job.

Here are the types of questions you should ask to achieve that goal and make a great impression.

What are the next steps? This is an essential question for you to learn what to expect in the coming days and weeks, such as whether you need to prepare for a second interview and the approximate hiring timeline. It’s also important for them to hear because it indicates your interest.

Is there anything I can further clarify for you? This gives you the chance to provide additional information on any areas in which the interviewer is not completely confident in your answers.

What’s the typical management style here? If you are interviewing with your direct manager, you can ask how they specifically manage, but if not, this can give you a general sense of whether they are a more hands-on or laid-back management style.

What makes someone successful in this position? The answer to this question can help you decide if the job will be the right fit for you. It also gives you a last minute chance to share or reiterate the skills or traits that make you a top candidate for the position.

What’s the ramp-up period like? Asking this question is important to learn what kind of training you can expect and what is expected of you on a 30/60/90 day basis. You’ll know whether you’ll be expected to hit the ground running or will receive quite a bit of hand-holding.

Who are your toughest competitors? This will help you gain an understanding of where they place in the market and what their biggest challenges are.

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