10 Smart Questions To Ask In A Job Interview

job interview questions for employersOnce you've received the call from an employer inviting you in for an interview, the real preparation begins. Prior to an interview, candidates should research the company so they can not only answer questions, but have questions ready to ask the hiring manager as well.

The interview is where the job candidate and employer get to know each other. Think of it like dating. While a job interview is in a professional setting and the outcomes are different, the intentions are the same. You've exchanged information because you think there might be a connection, and now you're ready for your "first date." As much as you want to make a good first impression, the employer needs to make a good impression, too. Just like a first date, you don't want one person to dominate the conversation and ask all the questions. It should be a balanced dialogue, and you should ask questions that get to the heart of the matter: Who is this employer, and why should I work for this company?

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The right questions to ask

Alan Guinn, managing director and CEO of The Guinn Consultancy Group, works with employers every day. He recommends that recruiters listen for these 10 questions from job applicants to see if they've done their homework and truly want the position:
  1. I've been told that I work very well as a team member. What are some of the ways your company encourages teamwork?

  2. We all know how important job satisfaction is to everyone. I want to be happy in any role. Is the company committed to promotion from within, whenever possible?

  3. I love your published mission and values. How are these reflected in day-to-day life at the company? Can you share some examples with me?

  4. If your son, daughter or a friend was looking for a job, would you recommend working for this company? Why?

  5. What do you think distinguishes this company from its competitors, both from a public and employee perspective?

  6. How often do you speak with your C-level officers? When you do, what do they normally ask you? Do they ask for your opinion?

  7. How does the company demonstrate a sense of pride in its employees? Can you help me understand what it looks for in return?

  8. Are there paid, ongoing learning opportunities offered at my level of job responsibility? What obligations do I have if I elect to take advantage of them?

  9. What does the company expect in the way of personal and professional growth for a person hired into this position?

  10. Does the company value a difference in work and personal time, or does it blur the responsibilities between the two?

Think about your goals first

Don't feel obligated to walk into the interview with a set number of questions, but these give you an idea of the right questions to ask. Also think of the questions in terms of your career and personal goals. If you're moving into a role with more responsibility, how will that affect what questions you ask? If you're starting a family soon, what do you want to know about the company's commitment to work/life balance?

Thoughtful planning and preparation for an interview will not only help you feel more confident but will also leave a great impression on the person interviewing you.


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Justin Thompson writes career advice and job-search tips for CareerBuilder.com’s blog, The Work Buzz. He is also the resident “job-seeker champion,” connecting with job seekers on the company’s many social media sites and helping them navigate their job searches.

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Flip Murder

HORRIBLE! These questions and the 'what questions do you have for me?' really annoy me... I mean lets ask ?'s for the sake of asking ?'s and waste valuable time!
When I am in the position of hiring you would lose points if you ask me BS questions like this. What are the implications of this when you are my employee??? Are you gonna come to me every time you have a meaningless question and waste more of my time? OR could you simply stay relevant to the job at hand and work through the question on your own? I would expect applicants to do their own research on company culture etc. there is enough information out there. The sad thing is that recruiters and hiring managers listen to this crap as if it were an indicator of engagement or enthusiasm (or lack thereof) when in all actuality it is merely the fact the person sitting across the table from them is already two steps ahead of the game. They have already figured it out.
Come on People! Lets get rid of this horrible line of Q&A and move on to something more valuable. Can this person do the job and are they a good fit for the company?

July 02 2012 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lakasatganda

I think every applicant is intelligent enough to figure out what to ask and what to say, because job interview is normally spontaneous, anyway. If you could able to convince your wife to be to say "yes" to you, then you're a good seller in selling yourself to your wife to be. When it comes to job interview, I think it is better to talk to employer like a salesperson rather than to talk to them like an applicant. And if you talk like an applicant, there's a likelihood the employer will make you think that you need them more than they need you. And you'll end up finding yourself at the marginal.

July 02 2012 at 2:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhianon

Are you kiddin' me? Those ?'s would be irrelevant to the jobs I've had. But then again, I'm not in the 6 figure category either.

July 01 2012 at 10:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
daecdx2

yea let's ask those qustions and see how fast you get hired! bunch of crap.

July 01 2012 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ph487

Who are these people providing such advise! How many jobs have they had? Having interviewed many job seekers, I would never hire someone who came across so bold as to try to interview me.

July 01 2012 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bryant Crawford

Do youreally think that these people that are disguised as "Feature" writers are credible?
Look at the dude on top, Justin. Personally I wouldn't accept a bag of french fries from him. Dave and Claire? They look like pedophiles. Dave, look.. who me? Dan's laughing cause, well he doesn't know why cause he's stoned out of his gourd.

July 01 2012 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johnsand70

Asking any of these q's would make you sound so cocky you'd never get hired! And look at the guy who wrote the article, he looks maybe 25. Lots of real world experience there! I wonder how many job interviews he's actually had in his life.

July 01 2012 at 8:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
johnsand70

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July 01 2012 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bryant Crawford

If you ask any questions you are therefore seen as trouble and thrown out.
In a perfect world great questions however the hiring person usually has no idea what the job entails. 2) Why would a person hire someone that may be seen as the one taking their place. Great questions but if your still in the office after you ask, your still not getting the job.

July 01 2012 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
diAnA

I agree with Tom 100% why would the interviewer want to be asked all those questions, it makes it looks like he or she is being interviewed and would turn me off, thinking i had a nutcase.

July 01 2012 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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