There are boat load of advice on questions to ask during an interview when you are looking for a new job. I am not going to add to that list, but I will give you one question you definitely don’t want to ask if you just want a job.
You only ask this question if you are looking to make a difference. You know your stuff, done your research, come up with ideas and insights and developed a compelling message. Are you now just going to settle?
If your situation is dire, then it is quite understandable that you may have to settle for a short time. But you are not the type of person who is willing to settle any more because you are different and want to make a difference.
You are what companies absolutely need today to grow. You are innovative, creative and passionate. Your type of workers start companies or looking to make a difference at other companies.
This is the question you will ask at the end of your interview, since there is nothing to ask after this question.
Remember the advice Miles gives to Joel in the movie "Risky Business.":
Joel, you wanna know something? Every now and then say, "What the f*ck." "What the f*ck" gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.
I will put a spin on this for your last question: If you can’t ask it, you can’t do it.
“What would happen to your company if you don’t hire me?” Stop and don't clarify and observe the reaction.
Is this arrogant? No if you have done your due diligence and really believe that you can make a difference. Think about it, would we hire a President who did not exude that kind of confidence that he can make a difference in a positive way?
You believe you can make a difference and have the insight and a plan to make a difference. If the company does not believe it, then you are not the one they are looking for. Don’t waste your time. Time to move on.
However, If the company is sold, then the interview is over and you got your dream job.