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What Questions Should You Ask in an Interview?

During an interview, make sure you are prepared to ask questions about the position and the company. Generally, you will be given an opportunity to ask questions near the end of the interview. The interviewer will usually ask if you have any questions, so you should have at least two or three prepared. If you have not prepared, the employer may think you are not interested in the company.

Use the opportunity to ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge of the company and the industry. Show that you are interested in a long-term career that will be beneficial to both you and the organization. Don’t allow this to become an interrogation; however, ask no more than four questions.

Do you know what questions you can ask at an interview?

The questions you ask depend on your situation, the position you are applying for, and your relationship with the interviewer(s) and the organization. Below are some common questions:

  • What would a normal working day be like?
  • Can you explain the position and the type of candidate you would like to hire for it?
  • What do you expect from the successful candidate in the first two months?
  • Is this a newly created position?
  • To whom will the new employee report?
  • Do you see any major changes within the company that will affect this position?
  • How often are performance reviews given?
  • Is it possible to tour the facility?
  • Does the company provide any training or other educational opportunities for staff?
  • What is the dress code?

At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. Give a short, concise summary of your qualifications, and stress your interest in the position. Here are some examples:

“This interview has convinced me that my abilities match your company’s needs. I am extremely interested in the position; I know it’s a perfect match.”

“Can I ask what the next step is?” or “When can I expect to hear from you?”

“May I call you in a few days to check on the status of my application?”

The same day, or by the next day, send a personalized thank-you letter to refresh the interviewer’s memory. This is your opportunity to mention any experience or skills that were not discussed in your interview. If possible, try to offer new information or discuss something that happened in the interview.

A “post-interview assessment,” which is a careful analysis of what you did right and what you could improve on during the interview, can improve your interview technique, build your confidence, and perfect your interviewing skills. After each interview assessment, you will be able to fine-tune weak areas; remember that practice makes perfect. Analyzing the interview and discussing your feelings during and after it can be very helpful in preparing for the next interview.

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