Asking closing questions at the end of your interview is not just to fill time - it could totally change the outcome in your favor. In fact asking a couple of closing questions can raise your success rate massively.
There is one killer question that you most positively must ask, even if you don't ask any of the other ones suggested here.
Although you probably also want to know about pay, benefits and holidays, this is not the right time to ask. You'll get your chance when they show they want to hire you for the job.
I suggest you pick just two or three from these 6 closing questions to ask at interview, as this demonstrates real interest, any more and it might seem like you're interrogating them!
When the interviewer has finished you should be sure to say:
"I have a couple of questions, if that's OK?"Try to make sure that you ask questions that are relevant to the job, not ones that you already know the answer to because it came up during the interview. You could ask questions like:
- Has this job been created as a new position?
- Who would I be reporting to?
- How many other similar jobs are there?
- What was the reason the last person left this job?
- How soon will I know the result of this interview?
- Are there for opportunities for job progression or further training?
- May I take a look at the area where I will be working?
- Has the organization any more expansion plans?
And the killer question is:
"Have I answered all of your questions satisfactorily?"
Don't be afraid of a negative answer - it is what you want!
This is an example of a technique known as ‘objection selling’ and if the hiring manager has any concerns, this just might get them voiced them so you get another chance to provide a better answer.
If you get a positive response then you can relax a little knowing you have done a good job.
So choose some of the 6 closing questions to ask at interview, but whichever ones you do ask, remember to ask the killer question.
Peter Fisher is Coach and Webmaster for http://www.Your-Career-Change.com where you can download your free Special Career Change Report and 63 page PDF e-book “Big Book of Job Hunting Tips".