All job seekers should know that the way they present themselves in a job interview can go a long way to determining whether or not they get the job. What might not be as obvious is that asking the right questions is a big part of making a good impression.
Job interview questions are essential as they show the employer you have genuine interest in the position. Even worse than asking no questions, however, is asking questions that show you have done no research about the job or the organization. With this in mind, it’s important that you create a list of questions you want to ask before the interview, much in the same way you would prepare key talking points.
Below are four examples of the kinds of questions you will want to ask during a job interview:
- What kind of projects will I be working on should I be hired? This question is a must-ask if the job description is vague or you are unclear about something.
- What do you like most about working for this organization? This will give you important insights into the organizational culture and work environment. While it’s unlikely the hiring manager will detail anything that would paint the job in an unflattering light, you can look for red flags. For example, does it take a while for the interviewer to come up with an answer?
- Can you detail the type of projects I will be working on should I be hired? Is the job description vague about the specific tasks that will be asked of you? If so, it is essential that you ask this question.
- What are the next steps in the hiring process? The final question can help relieve your anxiety after the interview because you at least have some clue about how long it will be before the employer gets back to you.