How to answer the interview question: “Do you have any questions for me?”

At the end of most interviews, an employer will ask you if you have any questions. It’s important to be prepared with an answer. If you don’t ask questions, you’ll seem unprepared or disinterested.

In addition, an interview is a two way street. It’s just as important for you to know if you are a good fit for the company as it is for the employer to know if you’re a good fit for the job.

Why an employer would ask this question

An employer doesn’t ask this question only out of consideration and politeness to you. The questions you ask the employer is just another way the employer understands who you are, if you’re able to think critically, and how interested you are in the company and the position.

How to approach your answer

It’s important to be authentic with your questions. This is your opportunity to find out if this position and company are a good fit for you. Ask questions that you really care about, rather than generic questions that might impress the person interviewing you.

Ask open ended questions, such as, “If I am successful in this position, what are you hoping will be accomplished during the first 6 months?” Avoid yes or no questions.

Read: Questions to Ask in an Interview

Let's talk about what not to say

Avoid asking generic questions that could be listed on the website. You should do your own research in advance.

Avoid topics that should be covered after you receive a job offer. This includes anything related to salary, benefits, vacation time, your office location, and other minor details.