Asking a Good Interview Question

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One of the hardest parts of an interview is not the interview itself - but when the tables are turned on you. Typically, towards the end of an interview, you will be asked by the interviewer: "Do you have any questions for us?"  Asking thought-provoking questions will show the employer that you are excited about the job and are seeking useful information about the organization.   

As part of your interview preparation, you should be thinking about what questions you would like to ask employers. It is okay to have these questions written down, so you do not forget what exactly you were going to ask. Questions that show that you are interested in both job function as well as work culture show your interest and desire to find a positive work environment for yourself.

Questions to consider are:

  • Can you tell more about what my daily, weekly and monthly responsibilities will be? – This question gives you insight into the work you will be doing.
  • What is your office culture? – This shows you are interested in what it is like to work there. The job experience goes beyond just the work you do but also the staff you interact with daily.
  • What does a successful candidate look like? – This lets the interviewer tell you what they are looking for in an employee as well as showing you are interested in meeting their expectations.
  • What challenges does this role face? – We like these questions because it shows employers that you are not looking for a comfortable experience but know that you will be learning as you go.

You should not ask questions that imply that you are not vested in the opportunity presented. These types of questions include:

  • What does my vacation plan look like?
  • How would you respond if someone took my idea at work?
  • I have an active social life, how often will I be working evening hours?

Asking such questions tell the employer that you are worried more about your needs than theirs.

Not sure what kinds of questions to ask? Call the Career Center at (707) 664-2198.

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