Interviewing: Asking the Right Questions

Asking the Right Interview Questions

Let’s get something straight from the start; an interview is not an interrogation.  Treating one as such implies the interviewer is asking all the questions and you’re providing all the answers.  In reality, an interview is a two-way business discussion that allows you to demonstrate your expertise and interest in the job.  More importantly, it’s an opportunity to make sure the job and organization are a good fit for you.

One of the worst things you can do is ask no questions at all.  Not asking questions gives the interviewer the perception that you’re not fully interested in the job and not prepared.  Often interviewers will place more merit on the questions you ask than your selling points.  With that in mind, always have a short list of at least 3-5 questions prepared in advance.

So, what are the right types of questions to ask?  The right types of questions will focus on the intangible pieces about the position or organization that you can’t learn from a website or research.

Consider these sample questions for the next time you’re interviewing:

  • How would you describe the company’s culture?
  • Can you give me specific examples of the types of projects I’ll be working on?
  • Is this a newly created position or did someone leave the current position?
  • What does a typical work week look like for this job?
  • How will this job directly contribute to the overall success of the organization?
  • What specific accomplishments will result in success in this job?
  • What are the key skills needed to succeed in this position?

With these tips and questions at your disposal make your next interview really count!  Stay tuned for more interviewing tips in the coming weeks.

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One response to “Interviewing: Asking the Right Questions

  1. Pingback: Interview? Interrogation? You make the call! | Marylhurst University Career Services Blog

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