Your Interview - Your Questions

Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget something very important: You are there to ask questions too and the type of questions you ask can help to make you more memorable to the employer and also appear more professional. Use these resources to prepare better for when it’s your turn to put them on the spot!

  1. Ten questions to ask your employer

  2. The interview questions you shouldn’t ask

  3. Funny interview questions

  4. Join the conversation this week and test your questioning skills

1. Ten Questions To Ask Your Employer(5mins)

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1. What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?
This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put his or her cards on the table and state exactly what the employer is looking for. If the interviewer mentions something you didn’t cover yet, now is your chance.

2. What is the single largest problem facing your staff and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?
This question not only shows that you are immediately thinking about how you can help the team, it also encourages the interviewer to envision you working at the position.

3. What have you enjoyed most about working here?
This question allows the interviewer to connect with you on a more personal level, sharing his or her feelings. The answer will also give you unique insight into how satisfied people are with their jobs there. If the interviewer is pained to come up with an answer to your question, it’s a big red flag.

4. What constitutes success at this position and this firm?
This question shows your interest in being successful there, and the answer will show you both how to get ahead and whether it is a good fit for you.

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2. The Interview Questions You Shouldn't Ask (5mins)

Some questions should never be asked of employers because they either show you were not listening, didn’t bother to do some of your own research or are concerned about things that reveal you as not being the kind of person they want in the company. So strike these off your list and don’t use them anymore.

1. Anything Related to Salary or Benefits
“Company benefits [and salary negotiations] don’t come into play until an offer has been extended,” says Kohut. The same principle applies to sick time and vacation days. It’s best to avoid any question that sounds like you assume you already have the position—unless, of course, your interviewer brings it up first.

2. Questions That Start With “Why?”
Why? It’s a matter of psychology. These kinds of questions put people on the defensive, says Kohut. She advises repositioning a question such as, “Why did the company lay off people last year?” to a less confrontational, “I read about the layoffs you had. What’s your opinion on how the company is positioned for the future?”

3. “Who is Your Competition?”
This is a great example of a question that could either make you sound thoughtful—or totally backfire and reveal that you did zero research about the company prior to the interview, says Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter of Before asking any question, determine whether it’s something you could have figured out yourself through a Google search. If it is, a) don’t ask it and b) do that Google search before your interview!

4. “How Often Do Reviews Occur?”
Maybe you’re concerned about the company’s view of your performance, or maybe you’re just curious, but nix any questions about the company’s review or self-appraisal policies. “It makes us think you’re concerned with how often negative feedback might be delivered,” says Kohut. Keep your confidence intact, and avoid the topic altogether—or at least until you receive an offer.

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3. Funny Interview Questions (5mins)

"What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash?" –

"What's your favorite 90s jam?”

"If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?”

"Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman?”

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‘Most asked job interview questions and how to answer them’

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