Picture this – you have prepared for your interview for a new job. You updated your CV, researched the role, prepared for questions specifically relating to the role, looked at the LinkedIn profiles of the people interviewing you.

The interview goes well – it is a very conversational style, you think you have answered all their questions well, with lots of examples from your experience highlighting how you will be perfect for the job.

Then you get this question:

“Do you have any questions for me?”


This is the worst possible end to a job interview.

As well as preparing for the interview in terms of the role, and your fit for it, you also need to be prepared with interesting and interested questions for your interviewer. You may have specific questions about the role, but think about taking the questions further than the actual role – to make it more personal. These sorts of questions will not only demonstrate intelligence and emotional awareness, but will also lead to a very conversational end to the interview. These examples are only our suggestions, you can probably think of several others:

  • What do you like most about working here?
  • Do you have any concerns about gaps in my skill set that you would like me to address?
  • What are the challenges facing the firm?
  • Can you tell me about the team I would be working with?
  • Does the firm have any growth plans?
  • What do you think would be the biggest challenge for a new starter in this group?
  • What is the induction process for new starters?
  • How do you measure performance in the team/firm?
  • What are the next steps in the recruitment process?
  • If I am successful, is it possible to meet with another member of the team before I start work?

Of course, we don’t suggest that you ask this number of questions. Two-three questions will be more than enough to show your interest, and the questions you ask will depend on what is discussed earlier.

Have you ever asked a question that was received well by your interviewer?