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Great Questions to Ask at an Interview

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Great questions to ask at an interviewA job interview is the place for an employer to get to know a job applicant. However, don't forget it's also the place for the applicant to get to know the employer and the company. One thing that will distinguish you from other job applicants is the questions you ask.

So what should you ask? To get some ideas, research the company and be curious. When it's time, ask conversational questions that show you're curious, and show that you've done your homework.

Here are some ideas:

  • Where do you see the company headed in the next few years?
  • What advancement opportunities does this position have within the company?
  • What are the main priorities of the department this position belongs to?
  • What challenges face someone in this position?
  • What are the most important things you look for in a candidate for this position?
  • Why is this job available now?

The point of asking questions during an interview is not only to demonstrate your interest in the position; it also provides an opportunity to reply to the employer's answers with information that shows you can meet the company's needs. Once you know the main priorities of the department you will be working in, you can talk about how you can serve those priorities. When you know what challenges the position presents, you can tell the interviewer how you plan to meet those challenges. After your interviewer tells you what qualities are important in an applicant, demonstrate how you possess those qualities.

By asking the right questions, you can allow the employer to hand you the opportunity to demonstrate your best qualities, in the best context for the company.

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