"So, do you have any questions for us?"
These are probably not words that fill you with joy when you hear them at the end of an interview, but get used to it, because most employers will expect you to have some questions ready for them. Coming to an interview prepared with questions suggests that you're genuinely interested in the role and gives you the opportunity to show off some knowledge of the company.
There's a ton of questions you could ask: "What training will I receive?", "Is there any possibility of career progression?" or "How would you describe the company's culture?", but there's always a possibility that the question will be answered for you during the interview.
To avoid that happening, your best bet is to ask a question that you know the employer won't have answered and probably won't be expecting at all. According to David Baddeley at Scottish Trust Deed, the one question every candidate should ask is:
"Where do you go for lunch?"
"Initially, the prospect of asking where your potential colleagues eat lunch may seem a little bizarre," David told Red Magazine. "However, it's another great way to grasp company culture. It may be a red flag if the interviewer states that people tend to eat at their desks. If this is the case, do not be afraid to ask why. It may be the case that the company workload is high, and colleagues do not have the time to stray away from their desks.
"If people tend to eat communally, also establish if this is a good fit for you. Many of the UKs workforce like to use their lunch break as an opportunity to ground themselves and obtain some alone time."
So when you're stuck for a question to ask in your next graduate interview, why not give this one a go?
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