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Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During an Interview

You’ve made it! After sending out dozens upon dozens of applications and waiting with bated breath, you were finally called in for an interview. You’ve shown up in your best business casual attire and breezed through, answering every question with ease. But just as everything seems said and done, your potential boss throws one more question your way: “Do you have any questions for me?”

Don’t freeze up! This question may seem inconsequential, but it’s a big deal. Employers use it to measure several factors that go into the hiring decision. In addition, it’s your chance to clear up any confusion and end the interview on your terms. Here are some guidelines to maximize your chances of getting the job.

ASK

Can you walk me through a typical day on the job? You want to know exactly what will be expected of you, so be sure to ask this if it isn’t made clear in the interview. This way, you can avoid any confusion or tension that would have been caused by unclear expectations.

What is the company culture like? Interviews are for companies to screen potential hires and find the best fit, but they’re also for you to see where you would excel. Questions like this help determine whether you even really want to work at a certain place.

Could you describe your managerial style? Take this chance to gain some insight on what kind of boss you’re going to be dealing with. Approach with caution if this potential boss seems too similar to the boss that made you leave your last job.

When can I expect to hear back from you? That period of uncertainty after an interview is nerve-wracking, to say the least. At least give yourself an idea of the timeframe and how long you should wait before letting go and moving on.

 

DON’T ASK

Anything you could have found through a simple google search. If you can’t be trusted to do the bare minimum before you’ve even gotten interviewed, what’s to say you won’t expect others to do the heavy lifting after you’ve been hired?

About salary or benefits. That’s not a topic for a first interview. Save money talk for after you’ve been made an offer and you’re negotiating.

Nothing. A lack of prepared questions makes you look lazy, unprepared and uninterested. You should care enough about the company to have something to ask of them.

What do you think?