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Google VP says this is the No. 1 question you should always ask at job interviewsGoogle VP says this is the No. 1 question you should always ask at job interviews

By | Morgan Smith |

In a job interview, there will come a time — usually in the last five minutes — when the tables are turned and the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” 

Asking smart, thoughtful questions can help you make a lasting impression on the hiring manager and figure out if the role you’re interviewing for is the right fit for you.

There is one question, in particular, that you should “always” ask at the end of the interview, says Jenny Cheng, vice president and general manager of Google Wallet. 

“Is there anything else that you are looking for in this role that I haven’t articulated yet?’” 

Cheng, who previously worked at Salesforce and PayPal, has interviewed dozens of candidates throughout her career. She recommends this question because it “gives you a clear opening to address any concerns or questions the interviewer has about your skills or experience that you haven’t yet discussed.” 

It gives you another chance to prove your value and set yourself apart from other candidates, too.

“Oftentimes, conversations can go so far down one path that you don’t get to cover everything you thought you would, as the interviewer,” says Cheng. “As candidates, we’re so busy trying to stay on top of the questions in front of us that few people will leave the opening to ask, ‘Is there anything else we haven’t covered?’” 

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