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    What would be the next step/s?

    You are having an interview. When the interviewer ask you if you have any questions. You ask:

    1. What would be the next step?
    2. What would be the next steps?

    Can you tell me which one these two sentences is correct.

    Thanks so much.

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    #2

    Re: What would be the next step/s?

    I would say: What is the next step for this process?

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    #3

    Re: What would be the next step/s?

    If I may give my contribution, watch the word order:

    1. What would be the next step? What would the next step be /involve/ consist of?

    Hope it helps.


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    Re: What would be the next step/s?

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    If I may give my contribution, watch the word order:

    1. What would be the next step? What would the next step be /involve/ consist of?

    Hope it helps.

    The word order in "What would be the next step?" is fine.

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    #5

    Re: What would be the next step/s?

    Either order is fine, but I prefer "what would the next step be?"

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    Re: What would be the next step/s?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Either order is fine, but I prefer "what would the next step be?"
    I agree, totally.

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    Re: What would be the next step/s?

    I find both equally fine.

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    #8

    Re: What would be the next step/s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    You are having an interview. When the interviewer ask you if you have any questions. You ask:

    1. What would be the next step?
    2. What would be the next steps?

    Can you tell me which one these two sentences is correct.
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    IMO, either can work depending on what you mean. Asking about "the next step" is asking about the single task or action to be taken, following the interview. "The next steps" is asking about the collection of tasks or actions to be taken, following the interview. Of course, you might consider "What are the next steps?" for subject-verb agreement, but I think how 2. is phrased is fine for an in-person discussion.

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    Re: What would be the next step/s?

    What happens next?
    What does the next stage involve? (Only makes sense if you know there is a next stage!)
    When can I expect to hear from you?

    You might not want to make that kind of question the only thing you ask when you are invited to ask questions in a job interview. Asking questions which are actually about the company are usually welcome.

    What are the company's plans for expansion?
    Do you support the local community?

    I was certainly advised to steer clear of questions like:

    How much holiday do I get?
    When will I get my first pay rise?

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