Ask Your Own Questions

Ask Your Questions

Okay, you have made it to the end of your interview and the interviewer says it is now 

your turn. They want to know if you have any questions for them. And most likely you 

do: “How did I do” and “Are you going to hire me” – unfortunately, you can’t ask either 

one. But there are questions that you can ask to glean some information on how you 

performed and to determine if the company is a right fit for you.

Although it is not acceptable to ask how you did in an interview, it is okay and 

encouraged to ask what the next steps are and the timeline for them. Depending on how 

this is answered, you may be able to figure out their reaction to you. But this is not full-

proof and is not a guarantee. If they take the time to explain all the checks they need to 

go through, how many people they have left to interview and so on, they are probably 

interested and want you to understand that there are still steps left in the process. If they 

only tell you that you will hear from them within a certain period via letter, well it 

isn’t as promising.

Look at the opportunity to ask your questions as your chance to interview the 

company. Of course, you have done your research before attending and have made up a 

the list that you wrote down before attending. Show your preparedness and pull out the list 

to ask your questions. Things like company direction and expansion show an interest in 

the business. Feel free to take notes; it can earn you brownie points. Ask questions that 

are important to you as well, if vacation time and benefits are a deal-breaker for you, find 

out now what the company has to offer.

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