14 questions to ask in a final interview (plus reasons why)
By Indeed Editorial Team
Published 5 July 2022
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The final interview with a hiring manager is the last stage before finding out if the company wants to make you a job offer. It's important to use the time within this meeting wisely. This means asking the appropriate questions to fully understand the job role you're pursuing. In this article, we cover a selection of questions to ask in a final interview with a hiring manager, with reasons you might ask them and the importance of questions in your final meeting.
Questions to ask in a final interview
There are many questions to ask in a final interview and many reasons to ask such questions. It's a good idea to identify areas of the company and roles where you lack knowledge. It's important to consider questions that can fill these gaps and give you a full understanding of the role and company. This allows you to make a considered decision if you receive a job offer afterwards. It also furthers the impression you've created so far in the hiring process. Find below a selection of final interview questions and reasons to ask them:
1. Can you describe a typical day in this position?
Asking this question helps you gain a better understanding of what your daily responsibilities could be in the role. This allows you to visualise whether you could see yourself completing these duties daily. This also helps you ascertain whether the hiring manager has clear expectations and a plan for your development and progress in the company. You can also get a better idea of the skills and experience needed to work effectively in the role.
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2. Can you tell me more about the team?
Before accepting a job offer, it's important to know who you're going to be working with and the company culture. This question allows you to consider the type of team you could be working with, the size and people's backgrounds. Consider whether the team culture aligns with your own personal values and work style. Asking this question also demonstrates to the hiring manager your interest in getting to know the other colleagues, which reflects well.
3. Who am I working under if I get the job?
Ask this question to understand who your superiors would be if they haven't made you aware already. This allows you to find out more about your potential manager and whether you would be a good fit. Finding out the name of your prospective manager also allows you to reach out to them, if they aren't present at the interview, to introduce yourself. This leaves a lasting impression and means your professional relationship gets off to a great start if you receive a job offer and accept it.
4. Do you have any reservations about my suitability you would like to discuss?
Asking this question can feel awkward but could help to iron out any concerns the hiring manager might have swiftly and professionally. For example, addressing a gap in your employment history. Providing explanations to the hiring manager makes it easier for them to understand and proves less of a block to your progression in the hiring process. This also shows you're willing and ready to take on constructive criticism and deal with it in a professional manner.
5. What is the turnover rate like for employees at this company?
Asking this question identifies how many employees stick with the company and considers it a worthy place to work. If a turnover rate is high, it's likely employees don't find satisfaction within the company and move on quickly. This question can give you an idea of the general feeling of the company from those who have worked there.
6. Do you have any plans to change your leadership structure?
When asking this question, you find out whether your prospective line managers or superiors are likely to change anytime soon. The introduction of a new manager likely affects the structure and the whole culture of the team or department. It's worth considering this and how it could impact your feelings on the role as a whole. This question allows you to prepare for all eventualities if you accept the role.
7. Can you tell me a little more about how the onboarding process works?
Any onboarding process for new hires is a thought-out and considered process. If the hiring manager has not informed you of this process as it goes forward, it's a good idea to quiz them on this in your final interview. This helps you understand what the company might require from you in the coming weeks if given the job. Aim to gain clarity on the plan for your first weeks at the company and, if the hiring manager can't give you one, it may demonstrate their ability to support employees in general.
8. Can you give me an example of a project I may work on?
This question helps to give you a taste of the work you might be taking on with the company. You can then assess the skills and experience a candidate requires to complete the work to a high standard. Also consider if the projects seem fulfilling and interesting to you, so you're more likely to enjoy the role. This question shows a hiring manager your excitement about the potential projects you may be involved in.
9. Describe to me your ideal candidate
When asking this question, you can gain an insight into exactly what your hiring manager is looking for in a candidate. Once they've named the skills and attributes they desire, you can provide examples of your own experience to affirm why you're their ideal candidate. Asking this question allows you to live up to expectations your new employer might have of you and identify areas where you could improve.
10. In your opinion, what does it take to be successful in this role?
Asking your hiring manager about what they think it takes to be successful in the given role provides useful insight. They may mention attributes and skills not listed on the original job application. You can then assess your own skills to determine if you're the best fit and complete the best work for the company.
11. What challenges may I face in this position?
Ask this question to understand more about the challenges and downsides of the role. From the hiring manager's response, assess how you're able to cope and deal with these challenges and consider whether this is within your own capabilities. Alongside this, if you take the job you're then better prepared to deal with these challenges head-on when you start your employment.
12. What's your favourite part about working here?
Asking this question allows you to identify the best parts of the company you're interviewing with. It allows you to gain real-life insights from a current employee, as opposed to a statement from the company. This also helps you get to know your hiring manager on a more personal level, and they may appreciate you taking an interest and valuing their opinion.
13. What are the progression opportunities like at this company?
If you are someone looking to progress in a career as far as possible, it's important to identify if a new role can allow you to do this. With this question, a hiring manager provides examples of past employee progression. Consider the focus the company puts on progressing their employees if this is important to you.
14. Could you describe the typical career path of this role?
If career progression is an important factor in accepting a role, try to pin down the hiring manager for a specific career path. This gives an insight into the value a company places on the progression of its employees and how much planning is put into this. Consider if the career path they present aligns with your plans for the future and if you can see yourself following that path in the years to come.
The importance of asking questions at your final interview
Asking appropriate questions in your final interview is important to gain more knowledge of the role. This is your last chance to quiz the hiring manager on all aspects of the position and company. You then can use this to make an informed choice about whether the role is a good fit. Ensuring you take a job that suits you can maximise your potential of finding the role fulfilling and enjoyable, which is why it's imperative you ask meaningful questions.
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