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What are some good questions to ask a professional panel?

I have had the opportunity in the past to visit accounting firms and converse with accountants. However, I always found myself at a dead end with an inability to come up with good questions. I had a train of thought, but I could not put them into words. Now I want to get an idea of what would constitute as good questions. Is something like: people usually tell me that an accounting profession is tedious, do you find this statement true a good question? #career-counseling #interviews #counseling #interview-questions #question

Thank you comment icon Hello Esther, this is a very good question. First of all, I will start off by telling you there are no wrong questions or answers. The way I tend to approach a panel where I am able to ask questions, try not to look at the panel as though there judging your question. You have to learn how to focus on you make sure you read their mission statement because you need to establish whether this is something you can support or not. Finally, if you are interviewing for any type of job that involves handling money or your held accountable for the truthfulness of your client. Sikawayi Williams

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Theresa’s Answer

Relevant questions might include:

What does a typical day look like?

What do you like the most about your job? What do you like the least about your job?
What type of person thrives in this role?
What are the skills that a person needs to get hired?
What are the skill sets that a person needs to advance in these types of careers?
What are the typical college majors that professionals in your organization have?
Are internships in this field, or other fields valuable to entering this field?
What are the different career paths available to professions once they join the company? Are you always a generalist? Or is there some kind of specialization that occurs, formally or informally, after many years with the company?

I have attended any participated in many different panels of these types - these are probably the most useful questions to ask, to get a really robust response from the panelists.

Thank you comment icon Agreed - these questions apply to any role or position you are inquiring and learning about. Very basic but good foundation questions. Just listen to the answers and if a response strikes your interest, be confident to be conversational and ask a follow up question to get a better understanding. That is how the good, natural “back and forth” discussion unfolds. Mark Salvia
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Poonam’s Answer

Here are the most commonly asked interview questions:


Here you must discuss the attributes that qualifies you for the specific job and set you apart from rest of the candidates.


Here you must frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and your abilities as an employee.


It’s tricky; don’t give too much or too little personal information.

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Grant’s Answer

Here's some more questions which can give you insight into why or how people may have got into the profession you are looking at:

What excites you about your work?
What do you enjoy most about your role?
How did you move into your current role, was this part of a long term plan or did it naturally evolve?
What keeps you interested in your job?
What challenges do you face day to day?
How do you describe your job to new people you meet?

In general, what I would consider a good question here is anything which might give you insight into if this is something you will enjoy? That includes trying to understand the pro-cons and friction points of the job to allow you to assess if that's something which excites or encourages you to pursue it? Asking questions like is your job boring isn't helpful? All jobs have boring elements, and some really exciting jobs for one person might bore others to death. Its about finding out what job involves and requires and whether you think that's right for you.

Remember, a job interview is just as much about you assessing the company and role for a good fit to you as it is about them assessing you. Being an active member of an interview is crucial to finding a job you love!