7 Interview Questions to Ask

7 Interview Questions to AskPreparing for a job interview can sometimes be a time consuming process, but will greatly increase your chances of either getting the job or being invited in for a second interview. Being unprepared may wind up making you appear uninterested or unqualified. At the end of the meeting, the interviewer will likely give you a chance to ask him or her questions. Preparing a list ahead of time will allow you to ask your questions in a timely manner and confidently. Having no questions at all will make you appear unprofessional or uninterested in the position. Below are a few example interview questions to ask.



Questions to Ask During an Interview

I have read in the newspaper that the company is expanding its operations overseas. Will this have an impact on this position?

There are a couple of reasons why you should ask this type of question. For starters, it demonstrates to the interviewer that you have done some research on the company and you have an interest in their operations. It will also provide you with some insight into how a particular action will affect the position you are interviewing for.

Are there any educational opportunities available in this field?

When you ask this type of question, the interview will see that you are interested in learning more about the field. An employee who has a desire to continue learning and growing is very valuable and not always easy to come by. In addition, many companies offer training programs or will help pay for tuition at a local college or university.

What happened to the person who previously held this position?

This will give you an idea of why the company is hiring. Was the person fired, did they get a promotion or is this a brand new position? If the person was fired, was it because of poor performance? You may be able to get an idea of what the company values or frowns upon by asking this question.

How would you describe the company culture?

Believe it or not, company culture is an important part of a workplace. If the employees do not get along well or they hate coming to work each day, performance will certainly suffer. Find out what the work environment is like to see if you would be a good fit.

What do you like most about working here?

Find out what the interviewer likes most about the company. If they take awhile to answer, this may be an indication that they really aren’t fond of their job.

Who will the person holding this position be reporting to?

Depending on the employer, you may be reporting to the interviewer or you may have to report to someone higher up in the company. If you will be reporting to the interviewer, this gives you the opportunity to see how well the two of you will get along.

What qualities do you feel this department is lacking?

If you hold the qualities the department is lacking, the employer will be more likely to hire you.

Finding the right interview questions is not that difficult of a task. Try to choose questions that are not likely to be answered during the actual interview as you may be left with nothing to ask. Be as specific as possible and avoid asking any questions about salary, vacation time or benefits unless appropriate.