The person performing an interview is not the only person that should be prepared with interview questions. It is also very important for the interviewee to have good questions as well. This is important for a couple of reasons.

First, asking questions will help the interviewee to learn more about the job and the company to determine if it is the right fit. This will also be a key way for the interviewee to communicate some key things to the interviewer.

By asking good questions, they can display that:

  • They have taken the time to do their research and homework
  • They are very interested in the job
  • They are diligent with what they pursue and with the decisions they make
  • They have an understanding of the interviewer’s business and the job that is being filled

Asking Powerful Questions
But it is not just helpful to ask question around anything as it is helpful to ask powerful interview questions. In order to be able to do that, the interviewee should be doing some research on the company, the industry, and the job. The information gathered while going through this research should provide good questions to ask.

A Structured Flow for the Questions
One way to not only make a good impression, but to also have a way to remember the questions easier is to use a structured flow for how to go through the interview questions during the interview. We propose process of organizing questions into four categories: Company, Organization, Job, and Close. And those categories are in a particular order that actually starts at the top with Company and works its way down to the actual Job category of questions.

Some Examples

Here is an example of the categories, the flow, and some actual questions:

Company

  • What is the company’s long-term strategy? Growth, merger, acquisitions, get acquired, etc.?
  • What is the biggest threat? Biggest opportunity?
  • How is the company differentiating itself from the competition?
  • Ask how recent trends or news are impacting the company.
  • Ask about recent news or press releases.

Organization

  • What is the organization structure like – size, levels, reporting structure, communications, management style, etc.?
  • What is the culture of the organization like?

Job

  • What are the responsibilities of the job?
  • What is the typical day in this job?
  • What are the expectations and associated timeline?
  • Why is the position being filled?
  • What will be the biggest challenge?
  • What training materials will be available?
  • What compensation details can you share?
  • Why would someone want to work for the company?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in the position?

Close

  • What is the process that you will work along to fill this position – steps, decision makers, decision making factors, etc.?
  • How do I compare to the other options you are considering?
  • What would you consider the perfect candidate?
  • Is there any reason that you think I would not be successful in this role?
  • Is there anything that we have discussed that makes you concerned whether I am the right choice? Anything that makes you think I would be the right choice?
  • Based on our discussion, are we going to continue forward to the next step in the process?

This by no means is a comprehensive list of interview questions and is simply a guide to help you to develop your own list.

InterviewScripter helps job seekers to develop interview questions to ask during the interview.


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