Interview 10: Do you have any questions for me?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

Often toward the end of the interview, the hiring manager will ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” Having good questions to ask shows you’ve prepared for the interview, that you want to be sure the organization is a fit for you, and that you’re interested in the organization.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • How do you think asking questions shows interest in the organization?
  • Consider what aspects of the organization or role you would really want to know.
  • How could you ask those questions to help boost your strengths?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

In your response, be sure to:

  • Ask about topics such as management style or what the typical work week looks like.
  • Use your questions to determine if you feel you’re a good fit with the organization.
  • Find out the details about the position, such as start dates, special responsibilities, or if the position is new.
  • Ask about the timeline of the position with questions like how soon they would need a response if you got an offer.
  • Be prepared with quality questions before your interview.

Activities

Read the following text with your tutor. 

  • What aspects of the organization could help tell you if you’d be a good fit?
  • How could you use those aspects in forming a question?
  • Do you know the timeline of the position?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

To answer this question effectively, avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t ask questions like what the company does – these show you’re not interested.
  • Don’t ask about vacation time or time off before you know you have the job.
  • Don’t ask about how to change your work schedule.
  • Don’t ask if you got the job.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Have you researched the organization so you can ask informed questions?
  • Does your list of questions you’d want to ask include details like time off?
  • Consider what questions you could ask that show you’ve done your research and preparation.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Here’s an example of a response to the question, “Do you have any questions for me?”

“I wanted to ask about the management style in the organization. Is it hands-on or hands-off?  Has the supervisor worked with someone with these responsibilities before?”

Be sure all your questions you ask are positive. Give time for the interviewer to answer.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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