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Best Interview Questions to Ask

By Brenda on May 1st, 2012
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Anyone who has ever had a job interview knows that the end is near when the interviewer asks if you have any questions. The worst thing to do is to not ask any questions or asking the wrong questions. What are the wrong types of questions to ask?

Anything that has to do with salary, vacation or hours is off limits. Those sorts of questions make you appear self-serving and lazy. But we’re here to talk about the best interview questions to ask. The following questions will make you stand out from the rest of the pack. They will also provide valuable insight into the position and organization.

1. What are the biggest challenges of this position?

This question shows that you understand that no company or job is without its challenges. It also shows that you have given some thought to what it will take to succeed in the job.

2. What’s a typical day or week like in the position?

This question shows that you are thinking beyond the interview into what it will be like working in the organization. This will also get the interviewer(s) to think about you working as a member of the organization as well. Many candidates simply think about getting the job without looking into the future.

3. What would a successful first year entail?

This shows you are thinking like a leader and manager. It shows that you are interested in being successful and want to know what metrics and benchmarks you will need to hit in order to be a success. You will also make yourself look like someone who is more interested in going above and beyond rather than doing just enough to get by.

4. How long did the previous person hold the position?

If no one in the position has stayed very long this may be a red flag. It may signify a difficult manager, unreasonable expectations or some other organizational issue you may not want to get involved in.

5. What is the company culture? What types of people do well and what types struggle?

This will help you assess company fit. You are going to spend the majority of your waking hours working, so it is critical to find an organization in which you can thrive and be happiness.

6. How will the success of the person in the position be measured?

This will help you understand what management values. If you get the job, you will know where to focus your efforts.

7. Are there any reservations you have about my fit for the job that I can address?

This question shows you’ve got guts and that you are willing to address any issues. It also gives you the chance to tackle any doubts the interviewers may have.

8. What is the next step?

Always end with this question. That way when you are done with the interview you will know what to expect next.

Category: Careers and Employment