February 21, 2024

As a job candidate, the questions you ask during a job interview are just as important as your answers to them. why is that? The quality of the questions you ask, then, shows how much research you’ve done, how interested you are in the opportunity, and how well you know the job.

But, of all the questions you can ask, there is one last question you should ask before wrapping up any job interview…

“Can you tell me the next steps in the process?”

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At the end of every job interview, ask the hiring manager what the next step is in the interview process. This is the best question to ask at the end of a job interview (you don’t want to forget to ask it) because you don’t want to be at the end of the interview wondering when you’ll hear from them.

Knowing the answer to this question can also help you understand how many people are being interviewed and when you can follow up.

Here’s an example of asking the question…

You: “Can you tell me the next steps in the process?”

Hiring Manager: “You are the first of five interviews that we will conduct over the next three weeks.”

You: “Great. So can I proactively follow up with you in one business day to see where everything is?”

Hiring Manager: “I think it’s best to give us two weeks to follow up.”

Now you can better understand where they are in the interview process and when you can contact them.

Why is this important? Well, I’ve worked with a lot of candidates who forgot to ask this question at the end of the interview and ended up stuck and not knowing what to do. They’re paralyzed because they’re waiting to hear from the hiring manager, but they don’t know when that will be.

When you ask “What’s the next step in the interview process?” at the end of the job interview, you know exactly when you’ll hear from the employer and when you can follow up. This means you can start over looking for more work, because you should never be overwhelmed with work. You should never wait on a job. You should look for plenty of other job opportunities in case your current one falls through.

So don’t forget to ask this question at the end of your next job interview. Not only will you impress the hiring manager, but you’ll help yourself out in the days after your interview.

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