Job Seekers: The Importance of Asking Questions During an Interview

Downtown-buildingFor many job seekers, the most dreaded part of an interview is not the sitting around in the waiting room or the initial meeting with the hiring manager, it is the infamous “so do you have any questions for us?” at the end of the interview.

For some people, it’s a dreaded question because they just don’t know what to ask. For others, it is because they are afraid of asking the wrong things. Regardless, asking questions during an interview is an essential part of landing a job –in fact it is often what sets you apart from all the other candidates.

It is important to know both how and when to ask the questions you have on your mind. More often than not, this is the part of the interview that really allows the employer to know what kind of person you are and what they can expect from you.

Today, we are going to over a few tips on asking questions during an interview and some possible questions you may want to consider asking. Take a look below:

Come prepared. Off the cuff questions can be great because they show the interviewer that you are able to think on your feet, but it is not always possible to come up with the best questions at a moments notice. So, in order to avoid putting yourself in a bind, come up with a few ideas before stepping into the interview.

These questions can be based on the company’s goals, or perhaps a recent development at the company. Just keep in mind that you need your questions to be organic. Make sure it doesn’t sound like you are reading off of a script, or worse, asking a question that was obviously answered already in the interview. The best approach is to have an idea of what you’d like to ask or a general topic you’d like to touch on, and as you go throughout the interview develop the question based on the current conversation.

Ask what they need and show what you can do to help.  The most important thing about asking questions in an interview is following up with an appropriate response that shows you can fulfill the wants and needs of the company. Questions like “What would you like to see this position develop into several years from now?” or “Where would you like the company to be in 5 years?” are a great way to find out what the employer wants and needs from someone like you. Then, this gives you an opportunity to respond to their answer with an appropriate proposition that shows you are willing to help the company meet their goals.

The more specific the question, the better. Try your best to ask questions that relate specifically to the position you are applying for. You are most likely not getting hired to whip the company back into shape. For example, ask questions that pertain to the department you are getting hired in, or the individual position itself. This removes any chance of giving a response that comes off as vague or pointless, and puts you in a better standing with the interviewer because you are giving them concrete examples of how you can execute the job you are interviewing for.

What do you think about interview questions? Do you have any great tips on asking questions during interviewers? Let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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