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Final Questions

Updated 03/17/2017


  So many overlook this golden opportunity as they
  just want things to end.  Here is your chance to
  "grill" them with questions that not only can reveal
  information about the company but also the hiring
  manager and where you need to quickly defuse
  concerns they may express from your pointed
  but a very professional final question.  Take the shot!  Show your strength!



1.  "What do you like about working here?"

       Right off the bat, this question creates a bit of a role reversal, as it puts the
       interviewer on the spot. It's a great question to ask, because it gives you
       greater insight into what working for the company might really be like through
       the eyes of the hiring manager. Listen for clues when the interviewer responds.
       Enthusiasm about the people or the culture are good signs that the company
       is a happy, welcoming place. Hesitation or a vague response might be a red
       flag.

2.  "What changes does the company anticipate in the next few years?"

       Asking this question demonstrates your intention to be with the company for
       the long haul as well as your interest in the company's success. Hiring
       managers want candidates who are invested in their company's long-term
       growth. The information you gather from the interviewer's answer can also
       help you formulate your answers to questions later in the interview. Try to
       weave together the company's future goals with your expertise, and
       emphasize how you plan to help the company meet its objectives.

3.  "Is there any reason why you wouldn't want to hire me?"

       This question can be intimidating to ask during the interview because it is so
       straightforward. "This one question is something I would suggest every single
       candidate ask," says Kelsey Meyer, former president of Digital Talent Agents in
       Columbia, Missouri. It offers the interviewer a chance to communicate any
       reservations he may have about you and gives you a fantastic opportunity to
       address them right away and offer any needed clarification. "If you have the
       guts to ask it, I don't think you'll regret it," says Meyer. It's much better to
       know ahead of time what hesitations an employer might have about you rather
       than leave the interview on a confident high only to get rejected later.

4.  "What are the next steps?"

       If you don't get around to asking any other questions during the interview, at
       least ask this one. After all is said and done, inquiring about the next steps in
       the hiring process shows that you're sincerely interested in moving forward,
       and it obliges the interviewer to give you a concrete time frame in which to
       expect a callback.

         5.  "What is your management style?"

              A manager that cannot explain their style is a reason for some concern.  Does
              this manager give authority to his team members to achieve their objectives as
              they see appropriate or is there a formal structure all activities must follow.
              Some structure is normal, especially for new hires. Listen for words about
              coaching team members when things are not going well. Listen for words
              
about an "Open Door" where team members can discuss anything at any time.
              
Listen for words about periodic feedback on your performance sthat problem
              areas can be corrected before reviews are formalized.  Listen for indications a
              
crack team is wanted and they will help get them there if they put in the effort.

         6.    "What reservations, if any, do you have regarding me and my abilities?"

              This demonstrates a true interest in the position and that you are interested in
              improving yourself and your abilities.  This is a direct question most will not
              dare to raise yet it gives cause to the employer to do some thinking.  Having
              the courage to ask is a positive thing.

              Companies have many "bench warmers" who rely on others to be successful.
              You are giving a clear signal you want to be a contributor to the team and
              success of the organization.  And that should excite any hiring manager.