Questions You CAN Ask in an Interview – and a Few to Avoid!

QuestionsHow exciting! You sent your resume out into the world and you not only received a call back, you have an interview scheduled!

Have you been diligently preparing for questions your interviewer may ask? Maybe even practicing your answers to make sure they are perfect?

Good for you! But that’s only half the battle.

You need to be ready to ask your own questions, too!

Your questions matter.  After all, an interview goes both ways. The interviewer wants to know you are right for the job, but you also want to be sure that the company and the job is the right fit for you, too!

First, here are some questions you should AVOID asking:

  • What does your company do? It’s up to you to do your homework and learn about the organization before the interview.
  • Did I get the job? Be patient. Give them time to think. This question can be off-putting.
  • How much does this job pay? You’re giving the impression that you only care about the money, not the opportunity.  Money is important, no doubt about it, but discuss that when/if offered the position.
  • How many vacation and sick days are there each year? Are you already planning to not be around? You haven’t even been hired yet.
  • Is there a lot of opportunity for growth? You may appear more concerned with the next job, rather than the job you are there to interview for.

Here are some questions you CAN ask:

  • What is the next step in the process?  It shows a genuine interest in the job.  Not asking may make it seem otherwise.
  • Why is the position open? Was someone promoted or fired? Did they quit? (If multiple people have been hired and fired in a short span of time… red flag!)
  • What are some of the challenges of the job? This will help paint a more realistic image of the job; will you be comfortable with those challenges?
  • What qualities do your most successful employees have in common? It demonstrates that you want to know what it takes to be successful. The plus is that you’ll gain some insight as to how your prospective employer defines success.
  • What have you enjoyed most about working here? Just as in asking about the challenges of the job, finding out the best part of the job can help you decide if it is the right fit. Take note. If the interviewer has trouble answering that question… enough said.

If you are looking for employment and would like help with your search, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

At TERRA we are not only committed to helping people find the Right Fit™, we offer resources and coaching for job seekers to ensure that they feel comfortable during their interview.

Contact us today to find out how we can help!


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