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Job interview coaching - Do you have any questions?

Updated on August 5, 2011

Coaching for Interviews - Do you have any questions?

Interview coaching for jobs frequently show you how to answer lots of questions, ranging from the usual 'Tell us a bit about yourself' down to the 'Describe a time when you were faced with limited resources. How did you handle this?' While these are definitely questions you need to be strong with, such job interview coaching can often place small emphasis on the usually last part of an interview, the 'Do you have any questions?'. I've written this hub to show the tactics to go about this question, and also the gifts the question can provide you.

In order to prepare for the question, always always research the industry and company you're applying for. One of the things the interviewer wants to see with this question is, how much do you know us i.e. how sincere is your job effort here? Are you simply applying because it's an open job, or do you have real interest in the business? With the research done, you can come in with facts about the company in your head. If possible, you can also find out who your interviewer is, and research them too! This is however more for yourself, you shouldn't bring up anything specific to the interviewer to avoid any potential conflict. Now for the types of questions you should ask:

  • 'Who would I report to? (Optional)What is the opinion of that person in this company? - This shows that you're already viewing the job with seriousness, and it also provides you with knowledge of what kind of work you may do under this person's wing, even if you heard the job description. The 2nd question shows that you are looking for a career rather than a job, and that you want a good mentor.
  • What is a typical day like for this role/what is the work environment like? - This is for your benefit, and would allow you to envision what you would be doing if you get the job and accept.
  • How long have you been here? - This question shows the interviewer indirectly that you're interested in retention strength, and for your side, you get to find out how strong it is! If the interviewer has been there only a few months it could indicate that promotions may be quick, if he's been there for a long time, it can signal slow promotions but good environment( hence why they're still there)
  • What drives you to come to work here? - Ah a sneaky one! All this while the interviewer has asked you questions like this, now you pose it back! This would allow you to see if your motivation is similar to theirs, and in general show if your personality and ethics are a fit with the organisations. A caveat however: remember that this is just one person. If you have a panel interview though this can work wonders. The interviewer/s also get to see that you're genuinely interested in the company, and that you want to follow past successes (them).
  • Armed with research, ask specific questions, but which aren't touchy e.g. if the company recently had a scandal, don't ask directly what happened, but rather ask things like 'The company was in bad light recently in the news, would that affect me in this role'. It shows again your real interest in the job.
  • One of the major advantages in this part of the interview is that you can bring up things you wanted to but couldn't before. E.g. let's say you wanted to show your leadership experience but weren't able to, you could ask something like 'In my previous jobs I was able to take on many leadership roles, would I be able to do this here as well?'

And there you have it, some tactics to help you get through the 'Do you have any questions' part of the interview. All the previous questions would be answered by every candidate to some degree of similarity, so this one question can be the spot where you can truly outshine the pack. Also, this is usually the last question and so can leave a lasting impression, specially if you ask a very intriguing or powerful question. Alright then, best of luck!


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    • Aneesh3 profile image

      Aneesh3 7 years ago from India

      Good one, which really helpful.

    • Mardi profile image

      Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Excellent points and tips for preparing for those difficult interviews. The internet makes a lot of the advance research very simple and quick.