5 questions to ask in an interview

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No matter where you’re interviewing, chances are that you will be allowed to ask questions during the process. And although it’s been said that there’s no such thing as a bad question, asking the wrong things in an interview can negatively alter the hiring manager’s perspective of you. Here are five good questions to ask at your next interview.

What are three qualities you are looking for in filling this position?
This question helps you determine what they are really looking for. It also allows for you to remind the hiring manager that you possess the three qualities by giving examples of a project that used that particular trait. By connecting the dots for the interviewer, you will be making your application stronger.

What’s the biggest problem your team is facing and would I be able to help?
The statement is direct and pushes the hiring manager to imagine you in the role—bringing you a step closer to the job. On the flipside, you will also get a glimpse into what the job will really entail.

What do you like best about working here?
The enquiry will allow for the hiring manager to open up—allowing you to learn something about the interviewer. And when people open up, it is easier to make a connection—a connection that could give you the upper hand.

Do you have any hesitations with my background?
This question is gutsy and will also show the hiring manager that you are confident in your skills. It will also give you the opportunity to address the reservations the manager has about you.

What would make someone in this position successful?
Knowing what success means to an organization is a great way to see if the expectations for the job are even realistic. It will also show the manager that you are looking for success instead of just wanting a job.

Asking the right questions shows the employer that you have done your research and that you are genuinely interested in the job. However, it also gives you the chance to interview the employer and determine if the opportunity is right for you.

Belo Cipriani is a staffing professional, an award-winning author, a spokesperson for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the career expert for the Ed Baxter Show on Talk Radio San Francisco 910AM. Learn more at BeloCipriani.com.

Belo Cipriani