We’ve all been there, that awkward moment, the one wherein the interviewer asks you the question and you have no answer, the one you were sure you were prepared for, but it turns out you weren’t. The dreaded question of: “Do you have any questions for me?”
Don’t let yourself be caught without a response. As the interview progresses, you should already be gathering these questions to ask toward the end. But here are four essential queries you should ask the interviewer at the end of every interview.
If I were hired, how can I exceed your expectations?
This question shows that you’re eager and confident and ready to learn. Not only that, but it conveys the message that you are there to please the company and impress your employer, not the other way around. Too many times, potential hires assume that they are God’s gift to the firm, but needless to say, that’s hardly the case. By asking this question, you will be proving to your potentially new employee that you are ready and eager to help their business.
How can I help you meet your goals?
When law firms hire, they are doing so in order to achieve the goals they set out to achieve. They’re not there for you—you’re there for them. So by asking this question, you are showing that you understand this and that you are ready to help them further their business. It also shows confidence in your abilities, and reflects on your future work ethic as an employee.
Why wouldn’t you hire me?
This question has two purposes. 1) To get the interviewer realizing that you are the perfect fit and there really isn’t a reason not to hire you. And 2) if there is a reason, then you’ll get some free feedback from a professional who got to see you in action. You know those practice interviews you did with your friend, after which they gave you sweetened feedback when all you wanted was someone to tell you how you can improve? Well, here’s your chance to get real feedback, which you'll be able to apply during the next interview.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
Showing a personal interest in the interviewer can work in your favor, especially if he or she will be your supervisor at the company. You can also learn a lot about the company by hearing this answer. If the firm is a great place to work, obviously there will be many things the interviewer is excited about, but if there isn’t, then the answer might be short and not very enthusiastic. The bottom line is that you’re showing an interest, and that’s always a good thing.
How can you help them achieve their goals?
Just keep in mind that employers are always looking for someone who can help them get to their goals faster and efficiently. As long as you show that you’re eager to learn, enthusiastic about the position and company, and confident in your work, they won’t be able to turn you away.