@marine I tell them up front to come prepared to ask questions. If they have none I just don’t hire them. I am looking for people who can think on their feet and solve their own problems.
I have had questions like these:
What is a typical day like?
How do you train your new employees?
What are the work hours?
Can I eat at my desk?
I am not sure what to ask, do you have any questions?
I will if someone does not have any questions and is just nervous I try a conversation like this?
If you are going to get up every day and come here to work, what type of things (other then getting paid) are important to you?
They say something like: A fun place to work, A place where I can grow, I place where I can use my degree,
I then say: What kind of questions can you ask to help you determine if we are a good fit for you and meet that requirement?
If they still have no questions I explain it is vital they ask these question as my entire decision about their future rests on their ability to ask questions.
Still no questions I end the interview and wish them luck.