I always laugh to myself when I get to this part of the interview:
- Me (the interviewer): So, do you have any questions for me?
- Candidate: Well, I did but I feel you really covered them all already.
I have no doubt that the candidate is sincere when they say this. A large majority of candidates use that exact phrase or something similar at the end of every interview. Imagine the odds that the specific questions that each candidate came prepared with were answered in full, by me, without my even knowing what their questions were! The odds are even smaller when you consider that I do a very small amount of talking, usually in the form of asking (not answering) questions.
So why do I laugh to myself when I hear this? The problem is the response means one of two things, 1) the candidate didn’t really have very many questions to begin with, or 2) they are just glad the interview is over, they think they did well, and they don’t want to do anything to spoil it. Missed opportunity alert!