Career Planning Finding a Job Interview Strategies How to Respond To "Do You Have Any Questions for Me?" By Madeleine Burry Madeleine Burry Madeleine Burry writes about careers and job searching for The Balance. She covers topics around career changes, job searching, and returning from maternity leave, and has been writing for The Balance since 2014. learn about our editorial policies Updated on September 25, 2022 In This Article View All In This Article What the Interviewer Wants to Know How To Prepare for the Question How To Answer, 'Do You Have Any Questions for Me?' Questions to Ask the Interviewer What Not To Ask Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Photo: The Balance/Theresa Chiechi As an interview draws to a close, it's likely that the interviewer will ask, "Do you have any questions for me?" When you hear this query, you may groan inside, since it can feel like you've covered absolutely everything during the course of the interview. Even though coming up with questions can be tricky, it's always better to respond with a question than to politely decline. Otherwise, you could leave interviewers with the impression that you're not engaged with the conversation, or that you're not interested enough in the position to jump at the opportunity to learn more. Explore tips for how to respond to this question strategically—along with questions that are best avoided. Key Takeaways Arrive at interviews with a list of questions to ask at the close of the conversation—these questions can be about the company, the role, and so on.Think of this common interviewer query as an opportunity to ask questions that show you're passionate about this role. It's also a way to demonstrate that you were engaged during the interview. Stay away from asking questions about salary and outside-of-work activities, and avoid gossip and overly personal questions as well. What the Interviewer Wants to Know In some ways, there's a very straightforward reason for interviewers to ask if you have any questions: They want to give you an opportunity to get answers to questions that may help you decide if the role and company are a good fit for you. Plus, since it's such a common close to interviews, this question gives interviewers an opportunity to see if you prepared in advance. How To Prepare for the Question Since this question is common at the end of every type of job interview, it makes sense to plan for it in advance and be prepared. Develop a list of questions that you want answered, and keep in mind that your questions may change slightly based on your interviewer. If you're meeting with someone from human resources, for instance, your questions might focus on the interviewing process or on the overall organization of the company. If you're meeting with the person who will be your manager, you might ask specific questions about your intended role or about the hiring process for new employees. Note Prepare several questions, as many of them may be addressed during the interview. And keep in mind, as with all interview questions, this one gives you an opportunity to impress. By asking a thoughtful, strong question, you can close out the interview by giving the interviewers a good impression. Plus, interviews are a two-way street, and asking questions can be a good way to determine if the company and role at hand are a good fit for you. How To Answer, 'Do You Have Any Questions for Me?' Your questions should make it clear that you were engaged during the interview and have quickly gained a sense of the company's goals and priorities. You can reflect back to earlier moments in the interview or build off news within the company or its market. Note Aim to always ask open-ended questions, and not questions that can be answered with a "yes" or "no." You can also ask questions that'll help you find out more information about the company's goals and the role at hand. But, make sure to skip any questions that you could have answered with a quick online search. Those types of questions can make you seem unprepared. Questions to Ask the Interviewer Take a look at a few broad categories of questions that are appropriate to ask. Questions About the Role This is a great opportunity to learn more about what you'll do if it hasn't already been thoroughly covered in the earlier part of the interview. Questions could include: Can you share more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this role? How would you describe the pace of a typical day?If I were hired for this role, what would you want me to achieve in my first two months?What mechanisms are in place for performance reviews and when would I receive my first formal evaluation?In your opinion, what is the single most important indicator of success in this role? Questions About the Company or Interviewer This is a good opportunity to get a sense of company culture and how the company is performing. How would you describe the management style of the organization?What's something that makes you happy about coming to work each day?How long have you been at the company?Can you talk about company culture?What is the greatest challenge facing the company?What are the company's goals for the upcoming year? Questions About You You can use this moment to get a sense of how the interviewer perceived you during the interview, and if they think you're a good candidate. With these questions, you might want to preface by expressing your excitement for the role, and then (based on the feedback you get) address the issue on the spot. You can ask: What are your concerns about my candidacy?Are there any qualifications that you think I'm missing? Note After the interviewer responds, follow up to reiterate your interest in the opportunity. What Not To Ask It may be an open-ended question, but that doesn't mean any response goes. Stay away from questions on the following topics: Off-work activities: It's fine to ask questions about the culture at the job, but stay away from queries that are focused on non-work activities, like happy hour outings, lunch, or vacation time. These types of questions will make you seem uninvested in actually doing the work, which isn't the right impression to leave. Similarly, don't ask how many hours you'll need to work each day. The interviewer's personal life or office gossip: Give interviewers the same courtesy you'd want them to give to you by not inquiring about their family, living situation, or gossiping about people you may both know. Things you could answer yourself: If your question could be easily answered with a quick online search or by glancing at the company website, skip it. Time-wasting questions won't be appreciated. Interviewers expect that you will have done research on the company and familiarized yourself with the basics. Salary and benefits: If it's a first-round interview, getting specific about salary and benefits can make you seem uninterested in the work and the company, and focused only on yourself. If your interviewer does ask about salary, here are some tips on how you can respond. Very complicated or multi-part questions: Asking multi-part questions can overwhelm interviewers. Ask just one question at a time. You can always follow up. Aim to make the moment feel conversational. Note Don't ask too many questions. While you want to be prepared to ask one or two, take the hint and wind down your questions when interviewers begin to shuffle paper, glance at their watch, or wake up sleeping computers. Some questions shouldn't be asked during interviews, even if you're invited to ask questions. That includes: What are some of the latest developments at your company?How much can I expect to earn during the first year?What do employees do for fun with colleagues after work?Do you have children? Is this a child-friendly employer?What are five strategic goals for the organization during the next five years? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) What are good questions to ask the interviewer at the end of an interview? Interviewers often save this query for the close of the interview. You'll want to ask questions that haven't been answered during the interview already. Stay away from "yes" or "no" questions, as well as queries that you could answer with a quick online search. Instead, try asking questions about the role. For example, you can ask about the day-to-day responsibilities. This is also an opportunity to get feedback on your candidacy. You can ask if you're missing any qualifications, for instance. How do you end an interview? As the interview comes to a close, look for ways to show that you're a strong candidate and that you are interested in the position. That opportunity may very well arrive at the moment when you're asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. You'll also want to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet. It's very typical to shake hands, too. If it's clear that the interviewer is in a hurry, don't linger too long. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! 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