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The Hiring Manager Asked “Do You Have Any Questions For Me?” How Should I Reply?

During interviews, we naturally prepare our answers for possible questions. This includes, "Can you tell me more about yourself? What are your skills? How can you be an asset to this company?", among many others. But when the HR or the interviewer asked you, "Do you have any questions for me?", do you find yourself lost at words?

Most people would immediately say, 'No, I’m good' But ask a HR professional, is it the way to go? The answer’s probably no.

Even if you feel that you are a perfect match for the job, asking questions after the interview is an integral part of the conversation and it can allow you to see if the company's culture will suit you. It also gives the impression that you are eager to learn more about the company, and that you are highly interested. Don't be afraid to probe more. Asking questions is a part of the process, and your interviewer would appreciate it. 

So... What are some of the best questions you can ask back? Just recently, we interviewed Rachel Ngo, an expert HR practitioner, to give us a couple of tips on this area.

As a rule of thumb, you have to gauge if your questions are smart and well-researched. We listed some of the good ones below:

•    What would be your advice after speaking with me?
•    How is the company culture here?
•    Can I foresee a career development in the next few years?
•    How do the company perceive work-life balance? 
•    What are the specific skills and qualities you are looking for a candidate? 
•    Would you mind sharing the best part of working for this company? 
•    Could you describe the everyday life in this office? 
•    What are the biggest challenges that the company was able to surpass? 
•    Could you explain briefly how the training works? 

These questions serve as a guide and does not mean you have to ask all of them. During the interview, you can pick two or three, which you think are relevant. Also, remember to conduct your research about the company prior to the interview. There are a lot of information that you can readily see online which can help to narrow down your list of questions. 

Often, people will say that you shouldn't ask about the salary right away or that you have to be careful when probing about specific company policies. But in reality, these things are essential so that you know what to expect, and there will be fewer surprises. However, it is recommended that you only ask these questions when the company has already formally offered you a job. You wouldn't want to send a message that you are more interested in how you can benefit from the company instead of how you can help them reach their goals. 
Bear in mind that accepting a job offer is a commitment, so you should not blindly sign a contract. Otherwise, you would not be happy going to work every day, and that can affect your entire health.