When asked whether you have any questions for the interviewer, the answer is always yes. Interviewers expect you to be curious about where you intend to work and if you don’t have any questions, the assumption is that you are not interested in the job.
If you had the good fortune to interview with a person who spoke non-stop about the company and answered every question you had ready to ask, reword it and ask it anyway. A lack of questions indicates a lack of interest in the company, a lack of enthusiasm about the job, and, to some extent, a lack of commitment to the interview process.
Asking a question about the interviewer gives them a chance to discuss their own career path and it takes them off the offensive. Questions like “Why did you initially choose to work for this company and how did you get started?” will give you some insight into the promotional path within the company (or lack thereof).
Another good question to ask the interviewer in regards to their experience is “What do you like most about working for the company?” You want to hear if they still have enthusiasm and excitement about their job. If you hear regret in their voice or their body language is not optimistic (tight-lipped, eyes rolling, sighing, etc.) this is just one more piece of the puzzle for you.
You can also inquire about how long the position has been opened. This gives you insight into how difficult it has been for them to fill the position. Maybe they are being unrealistic in their expectations and can’t find anyone (in their eyes) suitable. It may also hint about the importance of the position. Is it a priority or not?
Finally, ask the interviewer “How many people have held this job within the last 5 years?” This allows you to discern if there is longevity within the department and within the company or are you about to step into a revolving door. If people have been quitting every six months (or worse, being fired) there is a problem that will probably not be resolved if you are ultimately hired.
This is your opportunity to find out as much as you can about your future employer before choosing to work for them. You don’t want to find yourself in a job you hate and realize it could have been easily avoided by obtaining the answers to a few basic questions.