A Dozen Interview Questions That Could Get You the Job

October 14th, 2013 | Articles, Interviewing | No Comments »

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Answering the questions put forth by the hiring manager is only half of the interview process. The other half, and arguably the more important of the two, comes from the interview questions that you put forth. An interview should not run like an interrogation, whereby the hiring manager bombards you with questions while you sit back and fend them off. Instead, it should progress forward as a conversation where the questions you ask are just as important as the ones your answer.

What interview questions should you ask? Every company is different, and your questions should vary with each interview you go on, but you won’t go wrong by starting with any of the following:

What types of people work well with your team?

This is a great question to lead off with. Every team is different, and not every person will fit in well with every team. This will give you an in-depth glimpse at the office atmosphere and the company culture.

Can you show me any specific examples of projects I would be working on?

This interview question shows that you are serious about starting a career here. Why would anyone apply for a job and not want to know what they would be working on if offered the job. Never forget to ask this question.

What types of short term/long term goals does the company have?

The company you are working for should have goals, right? This question will not only show you where the company is headed but will set you up to answer one of the primary things every hiring manager wants to know about you: how will you help this company achieve success?

What types of challenges does a person in this position normally face?

This interview question will demonstrate to the hiring manager that you are ready to face and overcome challenges as a new hire. Make sure you prove that you are ready to overcome anything that the position can throw at you.

What makes this company different from others like it?

The interviewer always wants to know what sets you apart from other candidates, so why wouldn’t you want to know the same about the company?

What makes employees enjoy working here?

A company that is loved by its employees is a great place for you to work. This is the perfect question to ask if you want to make sure this company is right for you. Remember, you are not the only person who is being interviewed here.

Where could this position lead me in the future?

Not only does this question show initiative and a drive to succeed, it will cue you in on where this position will take your career. You don’t want to end up in a dead end position with zero chance for career advancement.

Why did you choose to work for this company?

This is a great personal (but not too personal) interview question to ask. Most of the time the hiring manager will be glad to tell you what he or she likes about the company.

What skills and personality traits are important for someone in this position to have?

This is a set-up question that you can plant during the interview. It essentially asks the interviewer to present you with a few skills that are necessary to the position. Make sure you follow up this question with examples that show that you possess each one of these skills.

Who would I be working under? Will I have a chance to meet him or her?

It’s a great idea to meet the person you could very well be working under (provided that it is not the hiring manager). This could extend the interview if he or she is brought in to meet you, and will allow you to learn even more about the company and the team.

Is there anything about me that you think needs further explanation?

This is a great question to begin winding down the interview as it allows the hiring manager to present any last minute question he or she may have. It also opens up the opportunity for you to expand on anything that you think was not touched on during the interview.

What is the next step? Can I call or email you if I have any questions?

The only way to end each and every interview you go on. This question will give you heads up on what the company’s decision process will be like as well as how long you should wait to follow up. Don’t leave any interview without asking it.

By Kevin Withers

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