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Interview Questions: What To Ask and What Not To Ask.

Interview Questions: What To Ask and What Not To Ask.

August 11, 2015

As a candidate, what are the best questions to ask in an interview? At some point during the interview (typically at the end) the hiring manager will turn to you and ask “Do you have any questions for me?”

An interview is a two-way process and you need to ensure that this organization is the right fit for you. If you are uncertain about particular aspects of the role, or need greater clarification, this is the time to ask. Don’t be shy or intimidated.  Asking well-thought-out questions will not only help you decide if the job is right for you, but will impress the interviewer and leave a positive impression.

What you need to do:

  • Prioritize your questions based on the interview situation – Is this the first or second interview?
  • The best questions you can ask are open ended questions.
  • Have 3-5 questions prepared (The more the better).
  • Only ask questions that you are interested in knowing the answer!
  • Only ask questions  relevant to the job, department, management and organization.

Sample Questions TO ask:

  1. How will my performance be measured?
  2. Do you provide any professional development or training?
  3. Who was in this job before and why did they leave?
  4. Is this a new position? How long has this position existed?
  5. Could you explain your organizational structure?
  6. How many people work in this office/department?
  7. How much travel is expected?
  8. What are the career backgrounds of the other team members?”
  9. With whom will I be working most closely?
  10. Why do you enjoy working for this company?
  11. Can you describe the company’s management philosophy?
  12. What are the goals of the department in the coming year?
  13. What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within the organization?

Sample Questions NOT to ask:

  1. How many sick days and holidays do I get?
  2. Do I still get paid for a sick day?
  3. If I start next week how long until I will get a pay rise?
  4. How long is the lunch break?
  5. What is it that your company does?
  6. Are the working hours flexible?
  7. Am I able to have my own office?
  8. Who are the “coolest” people on my team?
  9. How many warnings do you get before you are fired?
  10. Are there many coffee shops close by?
  11. How financially sound is this company?
  12. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  13. Will I be given an employee handbook?
  14. What is the company policy on internet use?
  15. Can I use Facebook?