Many people believe that it is imperative that they ask a number of questions at the end of the interview. This mis-conception can be responsible for many interview candidates failing at the final interview.


Let's assume that your interview goes well. You have answered the majority of interview questions with concise and relevant answers. At the end of the interview the employer asks you the inevitable questions:

"So, that's the end of the interview. Do you have any questions that you would like to ask the panel"

At this point many of us will reel off a list of up to six questions which we believe the panel will be impressed with. This couldn't be further from the truth! Whilst it is clearly acceptable to ask an interview panel one or two questions, you should be very careful not to overdo it. Asking too many/irrelevant questions at the end can do more harm than good.

Consider this:

1. The interview panel will be assessing lots of people during the job selection process. I recommend you take this into account. If you do not have any questions to ask then it is quite reasonable for you to say:

"No thank you, I have learnt a tremendous amount about your company during my research and you have answered many of my questions during the interview. I understand you have lots of people to interview and that your time is precious, thank you for interviewing me for the role."

2. Once the interview is over the panel will need to spend time discussing your performance. If you take too much of their time up asking questions they may view this in a negative light.

3. Do not ask them questions which you should have found out during your research. For example, avoid asking questions such as:

"How much leave will I get?"

"I have a holiday booked for later this year. If I am successful can I get the time off?"

If you do want to ask questions, keep them relevant to the company or the role you are applying for and do not under any circumstances try to ask the panel questions that are designed to make you look clever or catch them out!

Questions to ask at the end of an interview

"Whilst waiting to hear if I am successful is there any company literature that I could study in order to learn more about the company or the role?"

"If I am successful, how quickly could I start?"

"Whilst studying your website I noticed that the company has gained Investors in People status. If I am successful, and I perform well in my role, would there be the opportunity to apply for progression at some point?"

Don't forget, it is perfectly acceptable to ask questions at the end of your interview; however, do not overdo it or ask irrelevant questions that are designed to catch the panel out!

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