Most of the questions you ask should serve the dual purpose of expanding your knowledge about the job and showing the interviewers that you're really interested and qualified. It's a good idea to inquire about the organization's plans for the future.
A general way to phrase the question would be: "Are any important changes, new programs or initiatives in the works?"If your research suggests it, you might ask a more specific question about an expansion or merger, for example, or changes to deal with the unpredictable economy. Such questions let interviewers know that you're interested in the organization for the long haul and that you want to be a part of its future.
Read on for some suggestions of questions that might make the interviewer open up -- and make him or her feel friendly toward you, too.