Leave a lasting impression with questions during the interview

The best interviews are conversations. You need to be ready with some conversation starters of your own. This is also your chance to get to know the person and the company and decide if this job is a good fit for you.

Leave a lasting impression with questions during the interview

Why you should ask questions in the interview

Questions are an investment. In return, you get:

  • Noticed!
  • The opportunity to extend the interview
  • Important information that can’t be Googled
  • Insight into what the interviewer thinks of you
  • The chance to correct any misperceptions and reservations that the interviewer may have about hiring you

Top questions to ask in an interview

These will help you keep the conversation going, get some important information about the job and decide if this is where you want to work.

  • What major improvements and setbacks has your company undergone?
  • Who are your major competitors?
  • How do they stack up against you in terms of strengths and weaknesses?
  • How will this role/position help the company achieve their main goals?
  • Tell me about a typical day.
  • What qualities do your top people exhibit?
  • What are your favourite and least favourite parts about working here?
  • How do you see me fitting in with your company?
  • How do I compare with other qualified candidates?
  • When can I return and meet some of the people on the team?

Before you shake hands and walk away, make sure the interviewer knows everything they need to make a decision about you and why you'll be such a great match. Oh, and lastly, always find out what and when the next steps will be—if you’re proactive, you won't be caught off guard.

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