A job interview is a two way street. Not only is it the hiring company’s opportunity to assess whether you’re a good fit for them, it’s also your opportunity to discover if they’re a right fit for you.

We’re a bunch of recruiters here at TxMQ and we talk to candidates every day regarding our many open positions. One of the things that sets certain candidates apart for us is their willingness and capability to ask well-structured, thought out questions at the end of the interview.

Almost every interviewer turns the tables at the end of the meeting, asking if you have any additional questions.

For goodness sake, DO NOT just say, “Nope, I think you answered it all.” That is unless you really don’t want the job. Interviewers want to see you take an interest. So prove that you take an interest in the role you will be playing; that you take interest in what the company’s history is, what the direction of the company is in the coming years.

If you’re stumped for questions, here’s a list of “go-to” questions that will support your efforts.

1. How is the success of this position measured?

2. Describe a day in the life of this position.

3. Can you describe the culture of the company?

4. Where do you see the company in the next 5 years?

5. What are the next steps in the interview process?

My last piece of advice, and I have been told to do this this on several occasions from several great mentors…express your interest in the position. Restate why you would be great in the role and ask what additional steps you can to do ensure a smooth process.

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