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Asked by Laura on March 18, 2016

What are good questions to ask at the end of an interview?

Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on March 21, 2016

Great question! Here are a few questions that would good to ask at the end of the interview:

What are the day to day responsibilities for this position?  What are the expectations for this position? What is the culture of the company? Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5-10 years? What do you like best about working for this company? What are the next steps in the interview process? When do you expect to have a decision for this position? What is the career path for this position?   

Good luck in your job search! 

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on March 22, 2016

Good morning,Great question! Interviews can be stressful so relax and come prepared with your resume and questions to ask. Having a question about the timeline for when the company expects to make a decision, what does success look like in the first 30 days and how will I be evaluated in this role are perfectly fine to ask.
Remember in the interview to sell yourself and explain why you are a fit for the role - good luck!

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Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at Hewlett-Packard, on March 22, 2016

Outside of the great questions have already been shared, you need to understand what's important to you. Some people like to have flexibility in hours or work locations that would be something to know about the company. Others may want to know the team dynamics, if they volunteer together, have social events, do the office mates plan to hang out after work or are they 8-5'ers. Also, it's good to know the career path of the person you are interviewing, it will show the trends of career growth and ask what the deciding factor to take that position was. An even better question would be to know what roles they were offered and didn't take and why. This will allow to understand the manger/colleagues on a personal level to know if they are the right fit for you! Remember you are also assessing them as much as they are assessing you.

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Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on April 1, 2016

This is a very important part of the interview and you should view it as if you are trying to close a sales deal.  Showing the interviewer(s) that you are thoughtful, insightful, and have done your research on the company could push you over the top.  It is critical for you to do your homework on the company before the interview and what you find out should be the basis for any questions that you ask.  Search the company's web site, GlassDoor.com, and any other sites where there may be information about the company.  Take note of the real world things that are happening at the company and ask questions about them.  For example, you may find that a company recently rolled out a new product and you can ask something like 'I see that you recently launched XYZ product.  Are there any other markets that ABC company is trying to break into'.  You can also ask insightful question like 'If I were selected, what would be the first project that I am tasked with'.  Lastly, always ask the question about what the next steps are in the process and close by reiterating your strong interest and excitement about the opportunity.

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on April 1, 2016

Depending on the structure of your interview, the end of an interview is either the time to ask all of the questions you have prepared, if you haven’t yet been given the opportunity, or the new questions you now have after having learned more in the process. You have most likely done your homework and have questions ready about the role you are interviewing for, but at the end of your interview it’s a great idea to determine fit. “What do you/did you see in my background that you think makes me a fit for this position?”, is a great question to ask that allows you to reiterate and expand upon why you are a great fit, especially given some of the new details you have gained from the interview you can now tie them to. Some other great things to ask include questions that allow you to learn more about company culture, how work is accomplished (individual v. team), and how you would interact with your manager. Remember, not only are they determining your fit for the role you’re interviewing for, but you’re also determining if you can be successful in the role!

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