Many times at the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask the candidate if they have any questions.
This is the time that you should be very prepared for with your list of questions.
It is certainly appropriate to ask about recent news that you have found in your research as long as it doesn’t lead to any type of embarrassing position for the interviewer or the company you are interviewing for.
And, it is also a good idea to ask about how you can be successful when they decide to hire you. Here are a couple of questions I suggest you consider asking at these types of opportunities:
- What are the most important things you would like me to do in the first three months if I am hired for this position?
- It could also be very valuable for you to have an answer to each of these questions from your point of view: i.e.: “At this point, my most important things to do would be: …”
- Is there anything at all you would like me to clarify for you about my experience?
- How do you see my skills and experience fitting with the needs of your company?
- What are the prospects for growth in this position and company?
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
- How is performance typically measured and reviewed?
- When do you expect to be making a hiring decision?
- May I follow up with you to find out your decision (can I have a business card, please?))
Also remember that when you do get the interviewer’s contact information, it is a very good idea to send a follow up / Thank You note for their time and efforts.