How to Ask Smart Questions at a Job Interview


“Do you have any questions for me?”

This comes towards the end of many, if not most, interviews. But make no mistake, this is towards the end of the interview. It should not be the end of the interview. The worst way to answer this is, “no.” Saying “no” is basically the same as saying that you’re the type of person who would rather keep their mouth shut, whether out of fear or apathy, than learn  more about how the company works and how you can potentially work with it. A “no” says you probably didn’t do your research.

The fact is, it is crucial to be smart about the questions you ask, because they can say as much about you as the answers you’ve given the interviewer to this point. A good candidate is the kind of person who has investigated a company enough to know what they don’t know. A good candidate is invested enough to seek insight into how decisions are made, and demonstrate a desire to better understand the company, its business, and its culture.

Do Your Homework
Part one of asking a really good question lies in research. With that in mind, let’s start with a list of the top five things you should read/look into before an interview:
  1.  About Us, Mission Statement – What are their overall goals for the company? Who do they hope to be in the world? Where did they come from and where are they going? What are their core values?
  2. Products/Services offered – They are making a profit off of something, and you should know what it is. You may not need to know the ins and outs of every product and service they offer, but you need to have an idea of the categories of items they cover and the breadth of what it is their company does. 

Read more by clicking through to my post on WickedSmart! Learn how to study for an interview and get ideas for basic question formats that always impress.

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3 comments:

  1. Love this post, because I think that asking questions is such an important way to show interest in whatever you're applying for!!

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    1. It's such a good way to show you did your research! I remember my boss from my last internship saying he was really impressed in my interview by the way I asked questions about the decisions made and the plans for the future :)

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  2. Thanks for the reminder. I hope I don't ever have a conventional interview again but it's a good reminder and true, it's the interviewer giving you an opportunity to show what you know about the company and engage.

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