So, you go on a job interview. You are prepared and polished and it goes well. At the end of the interview, the interviewer asks, "do you have any questions for me?" You can always say, "no;" or "Ill follow-up if I think of anything;" or "you explained everything so perfectly I couldn't possibly have any questions." But it's even better if you do have questions. This moment is an opportunity: an opportunity to learn more about the place where you might work, and by engaging in more of a conversation and putting the interviewer into the hot-seat it's also an opportunity to change the conversation's dynamic as well as the interviewer's perception of you. Furthermore if you have no questions, you run the risk of seeming disinterested.
Moral of the story? Come prepared with questions to ask at the end of your interview. Here are a few fool-proof ones.
1. What do you think are the most important qualities a person needs to excel in this role?
It's a great question because the interviewer likely has skills in mind. If those skills don't match up with your skills, then it's safe to say this isn't the job for you. You can also use it to get good practical information about the position that's not listed in the job description.
2. What is company culture like?
This will give you a little more of a window into what it's really like to work there. If employee happiness isn't prized, it'll likely be easy to tell from the way the person responds to the question. Also, there's a chance that the person you're speaking with will lovingly describe a company culture that just doesn't sound appealing to you. That's important information to have too.
3. Is this a new position? If not, what's been the trajectory for those who've previously filled it?
This will answer the question of whether promotions happen from within the company, or not. It will also answer important questions about what people in the role did after leaving it — and if whatever they did next sounds interesting to you.