It's your turn! As the interview comes to a close, one of the final questions you may be asked is "What can I answer for you?" Your interviewer will expect for you to have some inquiries - not asking any questions could make you seem unprepared or disinterested.
Plan ahead and have interview questions of your own ready to ask. You aren't simply trying to get this job - you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.
Asking questions is a good way to dig into the company culture and the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job, so that your first week in the position won't be accompanied by any major surprises.
Here's a list of suggested questions to ask the interviewer so you can ensure the company is a good match for your qualifications and interests.
General Guidelines for Asking Questions
Avoid "Me" Questions
"Me" questions are those that put yourself ahead of the employer. These include questions about salary, health insurance, vacation time, work hours per week, and other concessions. During an interview, you are trying to demonstrate to the employer how you can benefit the company, not the other way around. Once you are offered a position, you can begin to ask what the company can do for you.
Ask One Question at a Time
Avoid multi-part questions; they will only overwhelm the employer. Each question should have one specific point.
Avoid "Yes" or "No" Questions
Most questions with a "yes," "no," or other one-word answer could likely be answered by searching the company's website. Instead, stick to questions that will create a dialogue between yourself and the employer.
Ask Questions About Multiple Topics
Avoid asking questions about just one subject. For example, if you only ask questions about your manager and his managerial style, the interviewer may assume you have an issue with authority figures. Ask questions about a variety of topics to demonstrate your curiosity and interest in all aspects of the position.
Nothing Too Personal
While it is a good idea to try to establish a rapport with your interviewer, do not ask personal questions that are not public information. For example, if you see a college banner on the employer's wall, you can certainly ask if he went to that college. However, avoid overly personal questions about the interviewer's family, race, gender, etc.
There are some questions that you should avoid asking, since they won't present you in a positive light.