Do You Have Any Questions? Do You Have Any Questions?

July 24, 2015

Ever wonder how to answer the dreaded “do you have any questions for me?” at the end of an interview…

Much of the time, when potential job seekers turn to the web, family or friends for advice about interview skills, the discussion is often framed around how to answer an interviewers questions. In a brief new piece from Judith Stock called “The Final Interview Questions You Must Ask”, Stock turns the tables and places emphasis on what questions a candidate should ask. Stock notes that most interviews flow linearly, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Albeit all stages are equally important, some candidates overlook the importance of the final stage, which Stock calls the close. She even goes as far to say that “The last questions you ask convey to the interviewer how astute you are, plus it’s the easiest information for the interviewer to remember”.

So what are the last two questions you should ask?

  1. Do you have any concerns about my ability to do this job that we haven’t discussed? If so, I’d like to address them.
  2. What are the next steps and what is your time frame?

Regardless of the answer, you should thank your interviewer and ask them if you can reach out to connect with them the following week. Stock concludes with “You only get one chance to make a lasting impression. It’s all about the close!”

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