Why you should ask it
“What are the next steps in the interview process?” This question is great to ask as your job interview wraps up. Some interviewers will voluntarily share this information with you at the end of your meeting. However, if your interview is more conversational, this answer can sometimes slip away. As a candidate, you must know the next steps of the interview process, so you know what to expect moving forward.
When to ask it
The only appropriate time to ask this question is at the very end of your interview. Like we mentioned above, your interviewers may address this at some point in the interview. But if you are wrapping things up and it wasn’t discussed, now is the time to fire away.
Are they looking to fill this position immediately? Or are they taking their time to find the right candidate? These are answers you will likely get after you ask this question. You need to know when you can expect the next step in the process – especially if you have multiple interviews lined up.
Your interviewers might even give you a detailed response that can help you prepare for the next step. For example, they may share that the next step in the interview process is a panel interview. This allows you to ask who will be a member of that panel. Then, you can do a little homework and get to know them before your next interview. This will help you get a better feel for your audience, possibly make you more comfortable the day of, and help you find things that you can relate to them.
Note: you can also ask about the next steps of the interview process in a follow-up email if you are still waiting to hear back from the hiring manager.
Looking for more interview questions you can ask?
If you are looking for more interview questions that you can ask at the end of your interview, we have a group of them ready to share with you. Good luck!