Every good question demonstrates your interest for the job, and for their company. Interview should not be a monologue, and while it is better to let the interviewer to actually lead the interview (you should not interrupt them very often with a question), once you get a chance to ask a question, you should do it.
We will have a look at seven questions right now, telling the good from the bad.
Good and bad questions for the interviewers
Question 1. Can you tell me something about your company culture (working environment)?
Employers are typically proud of their companies, and they like to talk about them. If you researched about them before an interview, and understood that most employees enjoy the working environment in their company, this would be a perfect question to ask your interviewers.
Number 2. What are the goals of your company in five years time?
This question can be both good and bad. If you talk to an executive from the company, they will be happy to talk about their goals, and they will know them. What is more, you can elaborate on their answer, telling them how you plan to help them achieving their goals.
If you interview in an agency, however, or with an HR generalist, the question is not good, and can actually make your interviewer feeling uncomfortable, because they will not know how to answer your question.
If you apply for a job in a newly established company, or one that is struggling at the moment, you should rather avoid this question. On the other hand, if you checked it before and know that their company achieved something great recently, it is a great question and it will help the atmosphere in the room.
Number 4. Can you tell me something about my future colleagues (people who work in this department)?
A tricky question, and you should rather avoid it, unless you are sure you will fit the collective perfectly (you are young, and the other people are also young, you come from similar background, etc).
Question 5. How is your family doing? And what about the children?
Believe or not, some people (especially from Arabic background) will often ask the interviewers about their family. They do it becasue it is a habit in Arabic countries, and it would actually be impolite if they avoided the question. If you apply for a job in Europe or in America, however, you should definitely avoid this question….
Question 6. What is the salary offer?
Best job candidates never initiate the salary negotiation. Wait for the interviewer to start the talk about salary, and avoid any questions that relate to it. If they consider hiring you, they will start to talk about the money.
This is actually a great question, and you can use it in every interview. First of all, asking about the next steps you show them that you still want the job, after everything that was said and done in an interview. On the top of that, every interviewer will know the answer to the question, so you won’t make them feeling uncomfortable (which can happen with some other questions).
Question 8. I read an article on XYZ website, about your speech at that conference in… Can you tell me something more about… ?
Everyone likes when other people recognize their achievements. If you can find some articles, or even blogs your recruiter has written, check them and find something interesting. Asking about their articles, speeches, or achievements can help you to build good relationship with them, and to win them over.
Now you know what questions you should ask, and what questions you should rather avoid. Check also the most common interview questions, to understand what we will ask you in an interview.