What questions should the job-seeker ask in the job interview — and why.
It is very important to ask at least one question.
Typically at the end of the job interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for him/her.
By preparing a few questions to ask ahead of time, you’ll be able to respond positively — and ask your questions.
Do NOT ask really obvious questions (what do you do, what do you sell, etc.). Also, do NOT ask questions that relate to something already discussed in the interview (it will make it appear as though you are not a good listener).
Instead, use the questions below as a framework for developing questions in your own words. It’s best to prepare 3-4 in case a few are answered for you during the course of the interview.
But even if the interviewer does NOT ask you if you have questions, you should step up toward the end of the interview and ask the interviewer if s/he minds if you ask a few questions. (Believe us, the interviewer will be impressed.)
What questions should job-seekers ask?
Here’s a small sample of questions you can ask in a job interview. Feel free to put these into your own words:
- Can you describe your ideal employee?
- What are your goals for the person you hire for this position?
- Do you have any concerns about my potential to succeed in this job?
- Why did you come to work here — and what keeps you here?
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
- What does this organization value most in its employees?
Find more examples in this section of Quintessential Careers: Questions You Can Ask at the Job Interview.
One last piece of interview advice. Write thank you notes/emails to each person who interviews you. Click on the right arrow to learn some thank-you note basics.
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