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I've been to an interview after which I missed to ask questions about the work environment, how are the colleagues, if there is sun inside the office(this is a bit funny, but at my current job there is a building outside that blocks the sun), if the work is challenging, if there is a balanced life-work environment(no late hours), etc.

I don't know what to do that now the interview is over and it's possible they might say I'm accepted. I'd still have liked to know these things, but now I can only talk to the HR recruiter whom doesn't know these things - only the final client knows them.

Please advise, thank you!

  • There's nothing wrong with asking more questions after an offer. Whoever you work with should be able to forward them to the right person. – user8365 Apr 23 '13 at 17:26
  • So you are working through a recruiter, right? – enderland Apr 23 '13 at 17:34
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    After the interview you could ask for tour of the work area. – Xenson Apr 23 '13 at 17:43
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When I've had followup questions after an interview I've taken the following approaches:

  1. (This is the one I recommend.) Contact the person who set up the interview and, after thanking this person again, say you have a few followup questions and ask how to proceed. Don't give this person your long list of questions right off; instead describe the areas (business development, technical, workplace, etc). That person might then ask for your specific questions or put you in touch with others who can answer -- perhaps some of the people you've already spoken with.

  2. I've done this for a small, informal company but I don't know how well it would work for a larger one: contact the interviewer who seemed to you to be "most significant" to you (hiring manager, technical lead, etc), thank this person and express your interest in the position, and then ask if that person is able to answer some followup questions. (This assumes you collected people's names during the interview. You did that, right?)

In both cases cast your request not as "I forgot to ask this" (makes you look disorganized) but "I had some additional questions I didn't get a chance to ask". Unless, of course, there were long awkward pauses where they asked you if you had questions and you said no -- in that case this won't work and you'll just have to jump to "I have some additional questions".

Usually my questions have gotten handled in a phone call, though in one case I came back for a meeting. (The need for that had been clear at the end of the first interview, though, so while it was a followup, it wasn't a "thought of it later" followup.)

As an interviewer I have rarely received direct queries from the people I've interviewed, but it does happen.

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