BEST QUESTIONS IN AN INTERVIEW
So your resume got noticed and you’ve been asked to come in for a face-to-face interview—congratulations! But in order to shine during the interview and land that job offer, careful preparation beforehand is essential.
DO EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON THE EMPLOYER
You should thoroughly research the company you are interviewing with, as you want to make sure you understand the business and anticipate the kinds of questions the interviewer may ask.
√ Review the company’s website (especially the “About Us,” “Team,” and “Products” sections).
√ Review press releases from the company.
√ Review the company’s LinkedIn page.
√ Research who will be Interviewing you.
ANTICIPATE THE QUESTIONS YOU'LL BE ASKED
It’s important to think early on about the questions you may be asked so that you can prepare an articulate and polished response. You don’t want to be caught off-guard by difficult questions.
√ What do you consider to be your greatest strength?
√ What do you know about our company?
√ What interests you about this job?
√ Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
√ Do you have any questions for me? (This were you want to sine!)
HOW TO INTERVIEW YOUR POTENTIAL EMPLOYER
Your destiny is in your hands. If you are going to take a job make sure that you understand what experience you will get and exactly how you will benefit. Insist that the company make a commitment to your development. Don’t work for a company that isn’t ready to understand and invest in your future. Asking questions is a great way to dig into the company culture and the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job so that, should you be hired, your first week or so in the position won't be accompanied by any major surprises.
All Job titles were not created equal. Dig deep when it comes to the details of your potential position. Asking questions can also give you the opportunity to further highlight some of your qualities, skills, and experience, and show the employer why you're a terrific match for the job.
√ What are the biggest challenges of this job?
√ What is a typical career path for someone in this position?
√ Does the company have a health plan, 401(k)?
√ Does the company encourage, or even fund, continuing education?
GUIDELINES FOR ASKING QUESTIONS
While you don’t have to ask every question on the list above, having a few good questions ready will help you look like an informed and prepared candidate for the job. Here are some other things to keep in mind when preparing your own list of questions.
√ Avoid "Me" Questions: "Me" questions are those that put yourself ahead of the employer.
√ Don't get Personal: Establish a rapport with your interviewer, but... don't ask personal questions.
√ Ask One Question at a Time: Avoid multi-part questions, they will only overwhelm the employer.
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