“Do you have any questions for us?”
One of the most common, but often overlooked last parts of the interview process.
This isn’t just the interviewer being polite, it’s a final test of sorts to find out more about you and gives you the chance to stick in the interviewer’s mind!
Most of all, show your interest in the company and interviewer by taking the time at the end of the interview to ask them questions. Don’t just say no, get up and leave. Be memorable, be amazing and it could go some way in securing your interview success! Whilst you don’t want to bombard the interviewer with questions, stick to two or three, well structured, key questions.
It’s great to have a few prepared. Don’t just wing it!
First of all, think about what questions – personal to you – would you need to know in order to make a decision on the job should you be offered it. This could be regarding flexibility, the culture, the type of projects you’ll be working on, the tech used. Ask these questions whilst you have the chance. You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Before you go in, jot down a couple of points that will be important to you in making a decision on whether you’d like to work there… this will help you make a better-informed decision when offered a job.
Here are a few example questions that candidates can ask to get the most out of the interview.
“What are the projections for the company’s future success? Where do you see the company/my role/this department in the next five years?”
This shows your interest in the company and positions yourself as a long-term employee. Hinting on the longevity of your future with the company, and that you could potentially see yourself there in the next five years shows that you are really interested in what they do and would be passionate about working there. Asking about success again embeds the fact that you care about the company’s successes and your future alongside this.
“Do you have any reservations about hiring me?”
This will not only put the interviewer out of their comfort zone and get them off guard (in a good way!), but also gives you time to go back and rectify any points that you may have missed out, or iron out any miscommunications, and ease their mind. It also gives you a chance to gauge how well the interview has gone!
“How are you planning on using this [particular technology] in the future?”
Think outside the box and ask questions that other candidates might not think of. Have a look at their website and take a deep dive into the technologies they’re using, and what they’re using them for. Ask about this – it will not only leave them with the feeling you’re genuinely interested in what they do but that you have done your research into it and want to be a part of it.
“What kind of progression is on offer/how do you help your team grow professionally?”
Again, a great one for the interviewer to gauge your desire to work for this company, and that you could see yourself having a future there. It’s also important for you to know how this company will support your career growth. When surveyed, one of the top reasons for leaving current roles for data science professionals was lack of progression opportunities, so be aware of whats on offer before you commit!
Do you have any go-to questions to ask at the end of interviews?
There is, of course, no one size fits all when it comes to data science interviews, questions, and tasks but hopefully, this guide can go some way in helping you know what to expect broadly speaking. You might also be interested in getting interview ready with 5 Questions To Prepare You For Your Next Data Science Interview and 5 More Interview Questions and Answers
Matt Reaney, Founder