We’ve all been there. The interview for that job we desperately want has gone well – so far. We feel good about our answers, but then comes that dreaded moment. Near the end of the interview, the tables are turned and the interviewer asks: “Now, what questions do you have for me?”
We know it’s coming, yet many are still unprepared for it. They either decline to ask questions, ask questions off the top of their head, or ask questions that can cause the interviewer to wonder whether they would be a good fit.
Honestly, as an interviewer, I often learned as much about the strength of the applicant by the questions they asked as by the answers they gave to my questions.
So, what should we ask? First, it is important to know that there are plenty of resources to help you prepare for that pivotal moment in the interview. I find that the editors at the career site themuse.com offer several great points of advice that will serve you well, no matter what type of job you’re seeking, including these top tips:
Asking questions can emphasize your knowledge and the experience that you would bring to the role, themuse.com points out.So, what should those questions be for an internal audit interview? Concerns and priorities may vary, but here are a few questions that I would ask if interviewing for a job in internal audit (for simplicity, I am assuming the interviewer is the chief audit executive):
There are myriad questions to pose in response to the “what questions do you have for me?” moment. This is a chance to impress the interviewer and also to gain important insight into potential opportunities awaiting you.
The bottom line: Do your homework and remember that you get only one chance to make a first impression.
I hope you find my suggestions helpful. Share your comments on LinkedIn or Twitter, or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.