In almost every interview, usually toward the end, there comes the time when the interviewer asks you: “Do you have any questions for me?”
Your first inclination may be to ask how you did, and whether you will be hired. However, it probably isn’t advisable to ask these questions directly during the interview. Instead, consider this phase of the interview as a chance to display your presentation skill by asking intelligent questions that show your interest in the position.
Here are some questioning techniques that will help you indirectly glean some information on your performance during the interview, as well as give you a chance to show off your presentation skill while learning information to help you determine if the company is a good fit.
Do Your Homework First
Prior to your interview, be sure to do your research. Being prepared is
of vital importance in displaying your presentation skill to your
potential employer when the time comes.
Look for as much information as you can find about the company from
their website and any articles you may find by performing a Google
search on the company name. Look for information such as company
direction and expansion, and begin to think about how this information
might affect you and the position you are interviewing for.
Write Your Questions Down
Interviewers usually have a written list of questions for you, so
why not do this same? Consider this opportunity as your chance to
interview the company. The key to developing and displaying your
presentation skill to your potential employer is in letting them know
how much thought you’ve put into preparing for this interview.
Ask the Questions
When the interviewer gives you the floor, actually pull out your
prepared list of questions. This tells the interviewer how serious you
are about obtaining the position, and helps bolster your presentation
skill by showing the interviewer your ability to think ahead and
prepare for situations.
As the interviewer answers the questions, take notes to show that
you’re listening and are interested in remembering the answers. Ask
follow-up questions as appropriate.
“How Did I Do?”
While it’s generally unacceptable to ask how you did in an
interview, I do encourage asking what the next steps are and the
timeline for them. The answer may help you figure out their reaction
to you. If the interviewer takes the time to explain how many people
are left to interview and the remaining steps in the hiring process,
they are probably interested. However, if he or she simply tells you
that you will hear from them, the outcome may not be as promising.
As for the “how did I do” question: if you are not awarded the job,
it is acceptable to directly but respectfully ask for feedback on how
the interview went. Consider sending a note similar to this:
Thanks again for the opportunity to interview for XX position in
your company. Since I was not arded the position, I would greatly
appreciate your feedback and any suggestions for improvement you might
have for me. This information will be of great value to me as I
continue my job search.
Who knows? Maybe this extra step will help keep you in contact with
(and in the mind of) the interviewer for future positions within the
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