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Prepare Questions to Ask

Show your interviewer how interested you are by preparing great questions to ask in the interview. We can guarantee that the interviewer will say, “So, do you have any questions for me?” and you must be prepared. It’s been said that you can tell more about a person by the nature of the questions they ask than by the statements they make. That’s because well-focused questions demonstrate a quick insight that’s both instinctual and intellectual.

  • I understand the primary responsibilities of the position at this point. What would be some of the secondary duties or things that may only occur once a quarter or twice a year?
  • What would you add or subtract to the background of the individual who held this position before?
  • What are some of the immediate challenges facing the department in the next 90 days?
  • What role will this position play in tackling those challenges?
  • What is the ideal personality type to match your department’s culture? Are there any strengths or weaknesses that stand out in particular?

Since it’s impossible to predict what might come up during your conversation, it’s important to be prepared with a range of questions to pose. Some other options include:

  • Why is this position vacant?
  • What are the qualifications of individuals who have excelled in this position or a similar position?
  • What type of training is typically provided?
  • What are the company’s (or this division’s) growth plans?
  • What is your background and how did you get your job with this company? Remember, people often like talking about themselves, or at least being asked!
  • What are the next steps in the hiring process?

Preparation and confidence are your keys to acing the interview.