4 Questions to Ask at the End of an Interview

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Posted by Christina Hills on January 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Your interview went great, that is, until the end. Too often interviewees trail off at the close of an interview instead of finishing strong. You already know the interviewer is going to ask if you have any questions for them, so make sure you’re prepared. Whether you’re a recent college grad or switching careers later in your life, here are the top four questions recommended by experts to ask at the end of a job interview to leave a lasting impression. 

“Is There Any Reason Why You Wouldn’t Hire Me?”

It’s ballsy, but go ahead and ask, “If you were to not offer the job to me, what would be the reason?” It’s straightforward and a little blunt, but it will allow the hiring manager to communicate any hesitation they might have about hiring you, so you could address them right there. It also lets you know where you stand and allows you to clarify anything before walking out the door. How often do you hear about people thinking their interview went amazing only to get a swift rejection email soon after? Taking the time while you’re face-to-face to ask about and dispel any doubts the hiring manager has will also help to make sure none of your key assets have been overlooked. 

“As an Employee, How Could I Exceed Your Expectations?”

Michael B. Junge, a staffing and recruiting industry leader with Irvine Technology Corporation says that one of his favorite interview questions is when a candidate takes the lead and asks, “If I were offered this position and joined your company, how would you measure my success and what could I do to exceed your expectations?”

The question shows confidence without being arrogant, while also demonstrating that you’re serious about delivering positive results. In addition, their answer can also help you determine what expectations they have of you and whether you should accept the position if you get an offer. 

“How Could I Help Your Company Meet Its Goals?”

Another revealing question to ask is, “How does this position fit in with the short- and long-term goals of the company?” The response to the short-term side of the question gives you further insight into your potential role and helps you tailor the remainder of the discussion and your interview follow-up, she says. Second, by mentioning long-term goals, you’re making it clear to the hiring manager that you’re there for the long-run and not a job hopper like many new grads. 

Also consider asking, “What challenges have other new hires faced when starting in similar roles, and what could I do to put myself in a better position to succeed?” Most young interviewees haven’t considered the possibility of failing once hired, but it happens. Asking this question demonstrates awareness and maturity, plus it can help you avoid the pitfalls of being new if you’re hired. 

“What Excites You About Coming into Work?”

This is one of my favorites, and many hiring managers agree. “What excites you about coming into work every day?” is a great question to ask. It’s a role reversal question that gives the hiring manager the opportunity to talk about themselves, which everyone loves. It helps you establish some common ground and learn if the company culture sounds intriguing to you as well. 

The Bottom Line

Although it's important to provide a great first impression to a potential employer, as well as acing the basics of a job interview, closing the interview strong is just as important. Ask these questions before you leave, and leave your potential new employer with a great impression.


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  • Posted by Bea Smith on January 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM
Great advice, would never have thought to ask any of these questions :)