Job Interviews: Asking the Right Questions

When you are on the search for a new job you will no doubt have to go on a few interviews before you get hired. Job interviews exist solely as a way for employers to understand you on a more personal level in order to find a perfect match with their company. As they will ask you questions in order to delve deeper into your work ethic, professionalism, and performance, you should be asking questions to know theirs. Asking your interviewer questions can be a two-fold advantage. One, it can give you a greater understanding of the company you are trying assimilate into. And two, it will show interviewers that you are genuinely interested in the business and your potential relationship to it.

You must understand that while it looks good to ask questions, overall, they are the ones looking to fill an open position. They are the hot commodity and you are part of a large pool of applicants to which they can choose from. With this in mind, you should always keep your list of questions to a minimum and wait until the end of the interview to ask them.

Knowing the rules to the game of job interviewing is very important if you want to impress your potential boss. Here are some simple questions that can inform you and impress them:

  • What can you tell me more about the department I would be working in?
  • Can you describe the typical responsibilities of the position?
  • Will I receive any formal training?
  • What is the reason for the position being open?
  • Do you have a large turnover rate, especially for this position?
  • What are you looking for most in someone who will fill this position?
  • Are there any opportunities for advancement?
  • When do you think you will be making your final decision?

Of course, the time you spend asking questions and receiving answers will take some time. It’s important for you to choose which questions are the most relevant to you and your job search. Speaking out and showing your personal interest in a job is a mature and proactive step in your interviewing process that could be a fantastic advantage in your attempts to get hired.