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What are the 3 questions to ask the interviewer?

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Ever had that feeling of your mind going blank, when you get to the end of an interview and they ask you if you have any questions?

There are few weaker ways to end an interview than saying “err… nope… I don’t think there’s anything I want to ask.” It can undo all those hours of hard work and impressive answers, leaving the interviewer with a slight soggy impression of you.

So what can you do?

The key is preparation. Follow the steps below and you can’t help but impress! Remember, this is your chance to make a great final impression!

Make them relevant, genuine and intelligent. Don’t ask about salary. You should have checked before applying for the job that the salary range was acceptable to you, so don’t let yourself down by appearing mercenary at the end of the interview.

What are the three things you most want to know about the job? About the team? About the company? What does your interviewer like most about working there? What would they change? This is your chance! Whatever you do, don’t turn up without questions – it can make you look unprepared and unenthusiastic.

Maybe your company research highlighted some questions about the current competitive environment or working practices? Or maybe you want to know what the interviewer thinks about an aspect of a topic you have already discussed? Your questions are another chance to impress and show how much thinking you have done about the company and the position you’re applying for.

What are the 3 questions to ask the interviewer?

One really important tip is to read your question to yourself before you ask it. This will make sure you don’t re-ask something that’s already been covered, which might make the interviewer think you hadn’t been paying attention! It’s worth having a few extra questions, just in case.

If the company has arranged for you to have more than one interview in a day (often the case), then have some extra questions – or maybe ask questions about the interviewer’s opinions, so you can gather different viewpoints.

There’s no need to try to memorise your questions; it’s perfectly acceptable to write them down, to take in with you. This makes it look as though you have prepared thoroughly for the interview and helps you relax. If you genuinely find all your questions have been answered, then at least it gives you a list they can see you check through.

One interesting question you could consider is to ask them what extra information they would need, to be able to make a decision on offering you the job. This can be a great catch-all. It gives them a chance to clear up anything that’s not quite right before you leave the room. Many a candidate has landed the job because they were able to add extras at this stage.

It’s also important to remember that there’s no need to wait until the end of the interview. In fact, slot your questions in wherever appropriate. Note: this doesn’t always work in a structured interview. But if a golden opportunity arises, use it. It’s much more relaxing for you if you can turn the interview back into a two-way conversation, rather than it feeling like an interrogation.

Above all, the questions should be something that genuinely interest you – rather than something you read in a book or article. This is your chance to find out more about whether you want to work for the company. We invite you to make the most of it.