If you have been exposed to enough interviews, you must be familiar with this line “…so do you have any questions for us?” That seems to be the famous closing for most interviews as the panel do not just want to be at the asking end of the table, they want to know if their potential fit has a good question to throw back. Usually, some candidates draw blank at this point and give the panel the notion that they were not adequately prepared for the interview since not having a question could be seen as a red flag.

On the other hand, that blank cheque is not also a moment where you ask about your salary, though that would seem like a fantastic time to touch on that if it was not mentioned. This moment is where tact and emotional intelligence really help.

There are quite a number of great questions a candidate could ask at the end of an interview but I have chosen to share just 5 of them. Here goes.

  1. What do you consider as success for this particular role?

This question creates an avenue for the interviewer to lay down blueprints on what they expect from anybody they employ for that position. It also makes them see you as a motivated candidate who is willing to achieve.

  1. How do you help your staff grow professionally?

Apart from displaying your willingness to grow, this question also helps you see the organisations training programme. This shows the interviewer that you are willing to grow.

  1. How would you describe the culture of the organisation?

This question helps the interviewer open up about policies and ideologies that drive the company. It also helps you decide if the organisation is a good fit for you.

  1. Do you think I am qualified for the role?

As uncomfortable as this might sound, it will help you have an idea of what academic qualifications or soft skills the panel is looking for and if you stand a chance.

  1. What can you consider as the most interesting thing about working for the company?

This question should give the interviewer or the panel an opportunity to brag about their time and experiences with the company. This also helps you see if they are enthusiastic about the company you are probably going to be working in.

As a bonus, it is also considered good practice to ask about the next steps regarding the recruitment process. This will help you have an idea of their timeline. This usually works best if asked as a last question so that it also helps the panel or interviewer summarize the process for you.

As a rule of thumb, you may not have to ask all the questions. You do not want to seem like you are badgering them with questions or setting up an interview panel for the interviewers.