Come the end of the interview, it is customary for hiring managers to ask the candidate if they have any questions about the role or company. It’s best to be prepared for these questions and to try and imagine what the candidate will ask you. Here are some common end of interview questions and how you could answer them:
1. ‘What’s the culture like here?’
Often candidates will ask about the company culture at the end of an interview. Usually, the majority of details about the role itself have already been discussed throughout the course of the interview and so the candidate may feel that they have that information down. If the candidate is interested in working for you then they will want to know what the culture and environment will be like.
To answer this question, try to summarise your company culture in three words. For example, energetic, social and dedicated. If the company often treats the employees to parties or social activities then here’s your chance to tell the candidate. Do you go for after work drinks? Are you provided free fruit? These are the sorts of details you should cover when discussing company culture.
2. ‘What would an average day look like in this role?’
Your candidate is trying to imagine themselves in this company, and in this role. They know the details, but are trying to get a better picture of the actual day to day duties in question.
Remember, you are also trying to sell this role to the candidate, especially if you already think they will be a good fit! Although you definitely shouldn’t twist the truth, try to focus on the more interesting aspects of this role when describing an average day. Telling the candidate that the role involves monotonously staring at a computer screen entering data onto a system is hardly going to entice them in. Up-sell the more interesting tasks or aspects of working in this role.
3. ‘Will I receive any training?’
For many candidates, the training and development they will receive is just as important as the role itself. Explain to the candidate any training programs or qualifications they will earn working in this role. Perhaps your company provides a training budget, even if it provides no onsite training.
If your company doesn’t offer a training budget or program, focus instead of the valuable skills they will gain working in this role.
4. ‘What is the biggest challenge I will face in this role?’
This is an interesting question to be asked by a candidate. The candidate is trying to prove to you that they are up for the challenge, but you still don’t want to say anything that is going to scare them off. Be honest, explain some of the more difficult tasks that require a high skill level to complete.
Once you had explained the biggest challenge, use the opportunity to turn it back on your candidate. Explain the challenging situation and then ask them how they would handle it if they were in the position. This will give you a good insight into how your potential employee will be able to work under pressure.