Best Questions to Ask a Recruiter at the End of the Interview

Best Questions to Ask a Recruiter at the End of the Interview

by Talentese Team 24/11/2017

Everyone always says you should ask questions at the end of the interview. What questions should you ask? How would your questions be perceived?

Asking questions at the end of an interview is always a good way to finish. In typical question and answer rounds, most recruiters ask if there is anything you would like to know. After you’re done with the most frequently asked interview questions, you should ideally ask 2 – 3 questions that you would want to know answers about. It’s important for recruiters / interviewers to know that you have an interest in the company and that you have conducted your research.

One of the many benefits of asking questions at the end of your typical interview questions and answers round is that you assess your employee branding and whether this company will add more value to you. Another advantage to this would be that you would have a fairer idea if your goals are aligned with the company you are interviewing for. Research carefully and ask intelligent, open-ended questions. Also, avoid asking yes or no type questions – these will not add information to what you already know.

Let’s look at typical interview questions and answers asked by candidates towards the end.


What are the challenges this position presents?

This is one of the most frequently asked interview questions. With this question, you force the recruiter to give you missing information that hasn’t been covered in the job description and the interview. You should pay close attention to any negative aspects of the response from the recruiter.


How does my role fit in the overall company structure?

This is a typical interview question and answer; be prepared for counter-questioning! This question justifies your claim in your resume of being a team player and wanting to contribute towards team building and team success. Always quantify your plan to contribute towards the company’s success in the long term.


How is the performance for this position measured and reviewed?

Back this question up with a smile! You don’t want to come across as someone who is only interested in the financial aspect. You could also add that you would like to work within measurable guidelines of the company – this shows you are willing to be proactive about your new role and care about your personal employee branding.


What training and skill development does this role offer?

This question will be on every recruiter’s radar. Companies want to know if you would like to develop your skills and training to contribute more effectively to their structure. This also shows your dedication to improve your employee branding. Ongoing skill development shows your willingness to improve and ask for additional help and assistance.


What soft skills are required for this position?

It’s always important to know which skills are not mentioned in the job description. All recruiters tell you what to do, but no one tells you what you will require. You will get answers for company culture and value by asking this typical interview question and answer.


Is there anything you feel I lack in my application?

A recruiter always asks about strengths and weaknesses as part of the most frequently asked interview questions. With this, you show that you are willing to admit and work on your weaknesses and turn them into strengths – you are asking the recruiter to assess your vulnerabilities on the spot.


What do you like best about working for this company?

This is an ideal question to show how meticulously you have worked on your employee branding. You are concerned about the recruiter’s views on the company! Not only are you trying to create a discussion instead of an interview, but also getting insight on the best parts in the company. This is not considered in typical interview questions and answers so should be used wisely at the appropriate time.


What is the biggest challenge the company is currently facing?

This question doesn’t come in the regular list of most frequently asked interview questions but should be asked by most candidates. Asking this question shows a willingness to make a positive contribution towards company success. This also helps in finding out what areas require priority upon joining.


What career development opportunities are available?

This is an ideal question if you are looking to fast track your career through the company. Ask this question to gauge if the job position is a dead end or if there are possibilities for promotions and shifts within the company. This also shows your willingness to work on your employee branding.


How can I work best with my manager?

You should be aware of whether the response from the recruiter is collaboration-friendly or not. This is will help you assess which of your strengths you will need to showcase first.


What is the next step in the process and when will I hear from you?

This question is a classic. It is another most frequently asked interview question at the end. Asking this, not only shows eagerness to start, but also provides the basis for your hiring timeline. Only ask this once you are sure your curiosity about the company is satisfied.

Use these questions to assess how you fit with the company culture and what skills you will have to bring to the table. Tailor each question to fit your job application, and don’t forget to do your research on the company. Remember not to discuss salary and benefits in the initial interview. Usually, remuneration discussions are conducted after 2 rounds of interviews. All the best for your interview!

by Talentese Team 24/11/2017

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