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Important Questions to Ask in an Interview


Interviews can be intimidating and nerve-wracking as you are generally required to answer many questions pertaining to your background, skills, and employment history.  It can be difficult to talk about yourself as that is not something people generally do very often.  However, if you come into the interview thinking of it as a conversation, and not a one-sided interrogation, you will have a much better experience.  In order to create a conversation, you must come prepared with multiple questions to ask during and at the end of the interview.  Asking questions not only creates a better flow to the conversation, but also shows that you are clearly interested and motivated for the position you are interviewing for.  Included below are 5 questions that can benefit your interview experience and your chance of landing your dream position.



1. What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

This question shows the hiring manager that you want to make sure you are a great fit for the position, and that the position is a great fit for you.  It also proves to your interviewer that you are serious about your job search and the role you are interviewing for.


2. What do you like best about working for this company?

This is a very beneficial question for you.  When you are in an interview, the interviewer is trying to determine if you are good fit for the position and the company. However, this is also your chance to see if the organization will be a good fit for you.  If you are seeking long term employment, you want to find a company that fits within your values, and is somewhere that you are going to enjoy spending a lot of your time at.


3. How does the position fit in relation to the rest of the organization?

This question shows that you are interested in the bigger picture.  A red flag for interviewers is that a candidate doesn't care where they work, they are just looking for any job. This can be worrying for hiring managers as there is less of a guarantee that the candidate would stay at their position long term.  This question helps remove that worry and shows that you are specifically interested in that one position at the one company and are curious as to how your work will benefit the overall organization.


4. What are the prospects for growth?

This question, again, shows that you are interested in staying at one particular company long term.  It gives the hiring manager a clear picture you are hoping to work your way up in the company and that you are hoping to be there for many years.



5. What are the next steps in the interview process?

This question show the hiring manager that you are still very interested in the position after the interview.  If you leave the interview without saying anything, the hiring manager cannot read your mind and may worry that you are no longer interested.  This proves that you are still excited about moving forward with the interview and hiring process.



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