As your personal interview progresses, the interviewer usually gives you a
chance to ask him any questions that you may want to. This is not only one of
the golden opportunities for you to demonstrate your interest in the company
and the job but also a chance to address any concerns the interviewer might
have about your candidature. If you simply sit like a dumb and say “No, I don’t
think I have anything.” Or “You have already answered all my questions”,
believe me you will dig your own grave.
By doing this you not only lose an opportunity to prove your suitability but
also make the recruiters think twice before hiring you. Interviewers do expect
some intelligent question from the candidates and when they get a dumb sounding
reply at the end of an interview which they thought to be successful, their
heart sinks. The recruiters also need people to fill up the vacancies and keep
the work moving. They are continuously on a look out for good candidates. If
towards the end of the interview they get a feeling that the candidate is
probably not interested or not suitable enough to carry out the work properly,
they also feel bad, as they again have to go through the whole process of
finding another candidate. So, prepare yourself well in advance to ensure that
you are ready to ask some intelligent questions during the interview. Here are
some questions which you can ask the recruiter and the advantage they can fetch
Now as we have discussed
my candidature in detail, do you have any concerns about me being able to meet
the responsibilities of this role?
What are the
opportunities for me to grow in this role and with the company?
Is this a new position
or has fallen vacant by the separation of the last employee?
What are the major goals
that would need to be accomplished in this role?
How many members would
be there in my team? What will be my position amongst them?
1. Now as we have discussed my candidature in detail, do you have any
concerns about me being able to meet the responsibilities of this role?
Advantage: If the recruiter has any concerns about you being not able to meet
the responsibilities of the role, this question would provoke him to put it
into words. It will give you a chance to address his concerns and convince him
that you are a good candidate for the position under discussion.
2. What are the opportunities for me to grow in this role and with the
Advantage: This question gives you a chance to analyze the growth prospects for
you with the company. At the same time, it gives the recruiter an impression
that if you are an ambitious candidate but if you get proper growth
opportunities, you will stick to the company.
3. Is this a new position or has fallen vacant by the separation of
the last employee?
Advantage: This question would help you in understanding if the position is
available because of the expansion or due to the separation of the last
employee. If it is vacant after the separation of the last employee, it would e
good for you to know the reason. This would also give the recruiter an
impression that you are careful in selecting the job.
4. What are the major goals that would need to be accomplished in
Advantage: This question would help you understand the role better and give the
recruiter a confidence that the candidate is interested in taking up this job.
5. How many members would be there in my team? What will be my
position amongst them?
Advantage: This question would help you in understanding the break up of the
team and your position.
If the company has been in news during the last days and if you have any queries
related to it, it is a good time to ask them.