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Amazing Ways to answer the last Interview – Do you have any questions?

Interview is your final chance to shine before the HR manager decides whether to hire you or not.  If you’re doing well, it could seal the deal. And, if you’re not doing so well, it might at least get you through to the next round.

Most interviewers typically end the interview by asking if you have any questions— and that is your chance or opportinity to go above and beyond. You can try asking onef these awesome questions and possibly grab the job.

1.  Is There Anything We Discussed Today That Makes You Feel I Am Not the suitable candidate?

Here’s a question that certainly takes some guts to ask.  But asking this question does a wonderful job of showing your positive attitude towards feedback and professionalism in the face of criticism.

But please remember, you should only try to attempt asking this question only when you are convinced about the your interviewers behaviour, mind and mood.

This question in all likelihood would result in either of the following two answers:

Answer No. 1 - If the answer is that you are absolutely qualified, then that’s’great!  He or she will walk out of here with that last thought in mind.

Answer No. 2 – If the interviewer is hesitant to answer this question in positive by showing some concerns, you’ll then have an opportunity to address them and attempt to remove his objections and limitations.  For example, if the HR or Technical Manager is concerned about the fact that you don’t have much experience to transfer pricing, that’s your chance to tell him/her in detail about running your previous emloyer’s transfer pricing internship program or your efforts to get new clients in transfer pricing. 

Whatever be the concern, try and address it with your past experience because this is the last chance for you to speak with him and remove his doubts.  Give your best to convince him, but don’t overdo it.

2. What Can I Do to Convince You I’m the One for the Job?

After your response to interviewer’s apprehensions about hiring you, you are convinced that he still feels you are not the right candidate for the job, try being upfront to ask what can you do to be eligible for that job.

Your asking this question in all likelihood will elicit either of the two responses:

First, the interviewer might bring up a particular type of assignment or project that he/she would like to see some experience in, and you can address this concern immediately with your prior experience.  Sometimes, it happens that during the interview you may not have been able to convince the interviewer about skills and therefore, by asking this question you would have a chance to again tell him/her about your technical or any other skills he/she is looking for.

Second, the interviewer might ask you to take up a project or an assignment and ask you to complete it so that he/she is able to asses whether you are able to complete that job or not.  A lot of companies now-a-days try this activity since it gives them an opportunity to judge the practical knowledge of the candidate and his/her ability to manage the job.

3. Have I got the Job?

This is certainly a bold question to ask.  You should ask this question only if you are comfortable with the interviewer and you think he might appreciate it, but it may just be the signal he or she needs to know that you’re the one for the job.

While the answer will likely be a non committal one -, “We need some time to think about it and consider other applicants,” it’s really more about the impression you’re leaving behind.  Also, you can use this as an opportunity to ask for more information about how the hiring process will play out.

All of the above questions these require some level of comfort with the hiring manager and guts—lots of guts. There’s no hard and fast rule about whether you should ask them. In the end, it depends on your interviewer, it depends on you and most importantly it depends on the kind of relationship you have built with the interviewer in those 20-30 minutes.  Do some self-reflection and judge for yourself if they suit your style. If they do, they might just be that extra little bump that pushes you ahead of other candidates and gets you the dream job.

Authored by Nimish Goel (www.nimishgoel.com), a qualified chartered accountant who’s passion is to coach young chartered accountants and aspiring students achieve the best in their life.  Nimish used to work with EY and PwC in India and has also worked with KPMG in Europe.  He now runs his own consulting company and also runs a blog www.nimishgoel.com.  He can be reached for any queries and issues on his blog. 

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