The dreaded statement at the end of an interview: "Do you have any questions for me?" We all know we are supposed to ask questions, but what?
Most job seekers know that questions about pay and benefits aren't appropriate at this stage, but what else should you ask?
Now is a great opportunity to dig into the specifics of the job. My favorite question - that is appropriate for just about any interview - is "Why did this position open up?". If there has been high turnover, why? Have the last few people been promoted? That means there is good opportunity for advancement. Is it a new position? The company appears to be growing. While there is no right answer to this question, it can tell you something about the culture.
Can you describe the company culture to me? Or, What is a typical day like here? Or, If you were to hire me, what would be my top priority for the first 90 days? Take the opportunity to dig deeper into the position and the organization. The hiring decision is a two way street and you should have as much information as you need to determine if this is an organization you want to work for.
And finally, always ask what the next steps are so you will know if and when to follow up.