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Preparing for an Interview: The Best Questions to Ask in an Interview

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Preparing for an interview is more than developing answers to a set of common interview questions or what you plan to wear. At some point during the interview you will be given the chance to ask questions of your own. This presents the perfect opportunity for you to impress the interviewer by asking a well thought out and poignant series of questions. Far too many candidates fail to take advantage of this opportunity. This is a mistake and diminishes them in the eyes of their potential employers. The best way to show that you just simply do not care about being hired is to brush off the opportunity to ask the employer questions. Questions show that you are interested in the position and that you look forward to being hired. As you prepare for the interview consider the best questions to ask in an interview. These questions should demonstrate your eagerness for the position and your enthusiasm for the company. Avoid generic questions or questions that are trite or dull. Your questions should be unique and insightful to display your interest in the position and company. Try to have your questions focused on the position you are applying for or about a new venture the company is undertaking.


Why Asking Questions is so Important

By showing that you are interested in the position beyond the amount of the paycheck you will receive you are demonstrating to the employer that you will make a reliable and worthwhile employee. You will want to communicate your eagerness to be hired and your enthusiasm about it. By not preparing for an interview and by declining to ask any questions you are only communicating your inability to devote your time to the position and that you simply did not care enough about the interview process. Before you go in for the interview sit down and think about any questions you may have. You do not want to ask about salary or wages or anything about benefits. Avoid questions about scheduling as well as that issue will be handled later on in the interview process. Once step you can take while preparing for an interview is that you may want to do some research into the company and the position you are applying to if you have not done so already. This will help to develop a strong series of questions. 

What Kind of Questions to Ask in an Interview

Prepare for the interview by reviewing some sample interview questions below. These are the best interview questions to ask the employer and will assist you with what kind of questions to ask in an interview. You may want to review them before developing your own.
  • How many candidates are you interviewing for this position?
  • When can I expect to hear back from you?
  • What is the philosophy of the company and the management?
  • What would a typical work day look like?
  • How is your company responding or changing their practice with the advent of new technology and social media?
  • What do you find to be the best part of working for this company?
  • Why did the last person leave this position?
  • What are you looking for in an ideal candidate?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement?
  • What does the typical career path look like for those that are hired for this position?
  • What is the culture of the company like?
  • Would I be working with other department or department heads?
Prepare for the interview by having just a few of the of the best questions to ask in an interview ready that will give you the upper hand over those candidates who failed to take the time or effort to develop any. The idea behind asking the interviewer questions is to establish yourself as an intelligent candidate and to make a positive impression. Interviewers are looking for candidates that are not afraid to ask questions. To the interviewer a candidate that asks questions will make a lasting impression one that will not be forgotten when it comes time to make the hiring decision. Remember, preparing for an interview is a must for those who are serious about acing the job interview.  

Additional Resources:

Best 10 Questions Interviewers Ask - Source: About.com

Top Questions to Ask Interviewer - Source: Money.Usnews.com  


Adapted From The Everything Job Interview Book, 2nd Edition by Joy Darlington and Nancy Schuman, Copyright © 2008, 2001 by F W Media, Inc., published by Adams Media, a division of F W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. This article may not be reproduced in any form without permission of the publisher.
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