“What questions I can answer for you?”

You know it’s coming at the end of the job interview: your chance to turn the tables and ask the interviewer your questions. The very best piece of advice for navigating this part of the interview successfully? Realize that this is still part of the interview.

There’s a common misconception that the purpose of asking questions here is to gather information for yourself. That’s not true. Until you have a job offer, your job is to make yourself a no-brainer hire – even when you’re the one asking the questions.

The right questions, then, are not about how big the company is, its history, or anything else you can find online (which you have responsibly and diligently done already!). Rather, you should be asking questions that demonstrate your ability to contribute to the company, to learn fast, and to be a great team member.

Your questions should also set you up to send a customized, value-added follow-up. They should give you some insight into the company that allows you to dig even deeper when you leave the room, and deliver additional thoughts or insights later – especially those that will set you apart from other candidates.

So, given that you goal is to lean on these questions to make yourself a no-brainer by:

  1. Demonstrating your ability to contribute to the organization
  2. Demonstrating your ability to learn fast
  3. Demonstrating your potential to be a great team member
  4. Setting yourself up to send a standout follow-up that adds value

… the best questions are open-ended and ask about big topics, like strategic concerns, company culture priorities, or what it would take to be successful in this job.

A few examples: