Almost every formal interview ends with “Do you have any questions for me?” It basically wraps things up and gives the interviewee a chance to say why they’re the best person for the job.
Metaphorically speaking, it’s the pretty sprinkles on a cupcake or a lovely bow in a shiny gift every so often interviewees fail to grab the opportunity to take that cupcake from rather bland to extra yummy. So here’s the scoop on how to jazz up your closing answer.
Having no questions! This is the worst scenario. It shows a total lack of interest in the company or an inability to “sell” your skills.
You ask a question but it was one that was answered already (shows bad listening skills) or just requires a “yes” or “no” answer from the interviewer without the ability to elaborate.
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You ask a question that is relevant to the company and shows off your knowledge of both the company and the industry.
Cupcake with icing, sprinkles and a cherry
You take a problem, mentioned in the interview or through prior research, and show how your skills will solve the issue. You’ll get extra brownie (or cupcake) points if you suggest possible strategies you’d use.
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You do the above but also end with the following question: “Is there anything else I can speak to that might make you unsure of hiring me?” Very few job-seekers dare to ask this question but trust me, it will put you over the top and make you shine! Firstly, you’ll know exactly what they want so you can tailor your answer to “fit” their ideas while secondly, it allows you to clarify previous answers that may have caused confusion or didn’t fully highlight your abilities. To top it all off it shows a potential employer that you can take criticism, are flexible and have initiative. Now that’s sweet indeed!
Elaine Logie is a current student of the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College and a blogger for the MCACES Employment Advisement Program. MCACESBlogs is a series of blog posts aimed at assisted job seekers with all phases of the career development process. We hope you enjoy our blogs! Happy reading!