The most common answer to the interview question “Do you have any questions?” is usually “No” by many applicants no matter what job they applied for but this is an inappropriate answer, if it is, the applicant misses the opportunity to find out information about the company so it is important that you ask questions-not just any questions, but you should ask questions related to the job, the company and the business industry.
The way we answer this question by saying no only, the interviewer may judge the applicants that they do not demonstrate their interest or imagination so it is suggested that they answer by using the following examples that might be useful:
(1) Yes, but could you tell me a little more about the current situation and what the first challenges would be for the new person?”
(2) Yes, but do I have to follow some training before I am placed in my department?, etc.
I suggest that your answers should show interest in what the problem is and how you could be the possible solution. It is also an opportunity to get a sense of what will be expected so you should be prepared and make a list of questions 5-10 questions to take with you to the interview depending on who is interviewing you. Your questions should vary for example questions about the job, the desired qualities and the challenges, more about the company and the department and about the industry and future projections such as:
About the job
What does my job look like? Can you show me examples of projects I’d be working on? What are the skills and experiences you’re looking for in an ideal candidate? What attributes does someone need to have in order to be really successful in this position? What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months? What is the performance review process like here? How often would I be formally reviewed? What goals will my performance be evaluated against?
About the interviewer
How long have you been with the company? Has your role changed since you’ve been here? What did you do before this? Why did you come to this company? What’s your favorite part about working here?
I’ve read about the company’s founding, but can you tell me more about it? Where do you see this company in the next few years? What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth? What are the current goals that the company is focused on, and how does this team work to support hitting those goals?
About the team
Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with? Who will I work with most closely? Who will I report to directly? Can you tell me about my direct reports? What are their strengths and the team’s biggest challenges? Do you expect to hire more people in this department in the next six months?
In conclusion the answer to the question is not only no but you should ask questions to show you are interested in the company and when asked such a question you have to use your own judgment about the number of questions you may ask and when to ask them, etc.