Are You Asking Questions On Every Job Interview?

Are You Asking Questions On Every Job Interview?

are you asking questions on every job interviewYou should absolutely be asking GOOD questions on every job interview you go on.

Asking the right questions on a job interview can make the difference between getting hired and being rejected. Any hiring manager will want (and expect) to hear at least a few intelligent questions from you during the interview process.

If you’re interviewing with a few different people on the same day, you need different questions for each person. One of the worst things you can say to an interviewer is, “the last person answered all of my questions.” 

It might sound a bit difficult to formulate good questions for every person on every job interview, but getting organized can make it easier . I’ll break it down into a few key areas (with examples) that you can ask questions about. This should make your job of asking questions during a job interview into a much easier task.

Job Interview Question Categories/Examples:

1. Questions about the specific job:

  • Is this a newly created position or did somebody previously hold this position?
  • Will anyone report to me, and who will I report to?
  • What are some of the greatest challenges that this person will face?
  • What type of training will I receive to help prepare for this role?

2. Questions about the company:

  • What type of person thrives in your company’s culture?
  • What type of growth and learning opportunities does the company offer?

3. Questions about the future:

  • What is the typical career progression for somebody in this role?
  • How do you envision this person progressing over the next 2-3 years?

A couple of related notes/tips:

Don’t emphasize the future too much. Looking for growth is great, but you don’t want to seem like you’re only interesting in taking a position so that you can advance beyond it within the first year.

Don’t ask extremely basic questions about the company. You need to spend 5-10 minutes to do some research on your own so that you know a bit about the industry and the products/services that the company offers.

The interviewer might even ask what you know about the company overall, and it’s definitely an interview-killer if you have no idea what you’re talking about. This is yet another reason to take 5 minutes to do your basic research!

What happens if you DON’T ask questions?

Hopefully I’ve convinced you already, but here are some of the bad things that happen when you don’t ask intelligent questions on a job interview:

  • You risk being perceived as unprepared or disorganized.
  • You will appear disinterested and lazy. Why would a hiring manager consider you for a job that you don’t even seem excited about?
  • The other 5 candidates that interviewed for the position all appeared excited; I can almost guarantee it in this economy. The one or two that didn’t aren’t going to get to the second round of interviews. The choice is yours! Good luck and happy interviewing!

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