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Questions to ask at the end of an interview

Interviewers inevitably ask if you have any questions at the end of the interview. Here are a few suggestions.

Whenever I've interviewed for a job, I always hate the inevitable question by the interview at the end: "Do you have any questions?" I always hated it because it felt like some kind of test. And, in reality, it is a test.

The interviewer has already seen your skill set in your resume before he or she even called you in for the interview. The interview is more of the place to show your personality and your attitude about working. What you don't want to do is ask a bunch of superfluous questions just to show you're interested or interesting. Keep the number of questions at the end to two. And don't kid yourself in thinking that an interviewer can't pick up on the disingenuous.

The best thing to do is ask questions at different points in the interview, just to drill down on anything the interviewer has mentioned. If the interviewer mentions social media, for example, ask how the company uses social media. (Don't overdo it, though, because it's also easy to tell when somebody is faking an interest just to look good.)

So what do you ask? Here are some questions that would be appropriate to ask at the end of the interview, if you haven't already:

What do you like about working here? You're not just expressing a personal interest in the interviewer, but the answer can give you great insight into the company. What skills do I need to have most to help the team? This lets you hone in on which of your skills are most valuable, but also shows that you understand it's about the team and not just you. As my manager, where would you like to see me after my first three to six months on the job? The answer to this question will give you an idea of how ambitious this manager plans to be for this job. Also, it implies that you are want to work with the manager and not just get your foot in the door and become a renegade.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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