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The 7 Questions You Should Ask in a Final Interview

What you should know sooner rather than later

Woman in a final job interview

Image courtesy of Christina Wocintechchat

They’ve deemed you one of the best candidates for the job, but now it’s time to interview one last time to determine if you get the position. What final interview questions should you ask? What red flags should you look out for? We have your guide.

1. How do you see this role changing and evolving in the future?

The answer to this question will show you whether the hiring manager is thinking about your relationship to the company over the long-term or if they’re just focused on filling a role for the immediate future. 

And for those who are interested in increasing their responsibilities, climbing the ladder, taking on management opportunities, or taking advantage of learning opportunities, the answer to this question can be particularly revealing.  

2. What are some of the biggest drawbacks of this position?

No job is perfect, and you don’t want to work for someone who pretends that it is. In addition to getting the nitty-gritty on the position, this will also let you give you a peek into the mindset of the employer. 

If they can’t think of anything negative, they may not have a clear understanding of what their employees actually do on a daily basis and the problems that arise.

Read more: Reasons for Leaving Your Job: the Good, Bad & Messy 

3. What is the expected salary for this question?

Everyone will have a different opinion on how and when to talk about salary requirements, if at all. But this is your last chance to ask before an offer is extended.

4. Why should I take this job?

This is a bold question, but remember, the interview process is just as much for you as it is for them. This question essentially asks the interviewer to sell you on the position. It’s the opposite of the employer asking, why should we hire you?

Read more: 93 Questions to Ask in an Interview That Will Actually Tell You About the Job

5. What concerns do you have about my qualifications?

Asking this question gives you the opportunity to address concerns about your qualifications for the role. Perhaps they’re unaware of valuable skills you have or have misunderstood your capabilities. Or maybe you really do lack some important skills—this is your chance to talk to your employer about how you might develop those skills in this role.

6. When do you expect the new hire to start?

The answer to this final interview question is obviously information you need to know, but the answer will also let you know if you’ll be able to give your current employer two-weeks notice.

Read more: Welcome to Your First Day of Work: Here’s What to Expect

7. What are the next steps? 

This question is key! Will they email you or call you once they’ve chosen a candidate? When should you expect to hear from them? Will they contact you again whether you’ve been chosen or not. Knowing the employer’s next steps now can help you plan your follow-up strategy.

Read more: How to Have an Effective 1:1

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By Brandi Dye

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Brandi Dye is a Las Vegas–based writer and true lover of words. When she's not writing, you can find her cooking...or refreshing Twitter.

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