Questions to Ask During an Interview

If you roll over the Interview Questions category you’ll see that I’ve tried to cover this topic before but I can’t imagine that talking about it again could hurt.

I have shared this article before but wanted to take a look at it again.  It is written by a Career Builder editor and titled, The Best Questions to Ask in the Interview. The point here is that the interview should be a dialogue and not a monologue.  Neither you nor the person you are talking to should dominate.  There should be an equal amount of time for each of you to speak.  Sometimes this is hard, especially if an interview is on a very tight schedule and you really only have time to ramble off your resume highlights.  In this case, I highly advise that you follow up with a thank you e-mail or call, as you would do any way, and then list your questions at that time. This will show that you are

a) interested in the position and

b) want to make sure it’s a good fit for both parties.

I have narrowed down the list a bit this time but here are the questions I like most.  So, without further ado:

  • What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years?
  • How do you see the future for this industry?
  • What do you consider to be your firm’s most important assets?
  • What can you tell me about your new product or plans for growth?
  • How do you rate your competition? The position’s history Asking about why the position is vacant can provide insight into the company and the potential for advancement. According to Annie Stevens and Greg Gostanian, managing partners at executive and career development firm ClearRock, good questions include:
  • What were the major strengths and weaknesses of the last person who held this job?
  • What types of skills do you NOT already have onboard that you’re looking to fill with a new hire? The department Asking about your department’s workers and role in the company can help you understand more about the company’s culture and hierarchy. Stanford suggests asking:
  • What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this job?
  • What are the skills and attributes you value most for someone being hired for this position?
  • Could you describe a typical day or week in this position? The typical client or customer I would be dealing with? The expectations To determine how and when you will evaluated.
  • What are the most immediate challenges of the position that need to be addressed in the first three months?
  • What are the performance expectations of this position over the first 12 months?
  • How will I be evaluated at XYZ company, and how often?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?

The reason I took out questions that pertained to growth within the company is because I’ve felt that when I asked this type of question it almost seemed to put the interviewer off a bit as they thought that the minute I got the job I’d want to move on to something else.

What questions have you asked? Are there any you regret asking?

What did you do today?


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