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01/16/11
Questions to ask in an interview
Filed under: Interviewing
Posted by: site admin @ 8:04 am

Many interviewers will tell you, one of the distinguishing
features of a good interview is the questions the interviewee
asks them.  This points out at least two things
 (1) you need to be ready to interject or ask at the end
of the meeting important questions to you,
(2) there is very little difference in the questions one would
ask in interviews for a wide variety of positions, senior level
or junior level, experienced or novice, highly technical or
interpersonal.

One of the things I do is scan through the NYTimes “Corner
Office” weekly column.  This week Robin Domeniconi was
interviewed and provided some very nice questions someone
might ask in an interview–
  “If you bring me into this company, what would you like me
to accomplish in the short term and the long term?”
  “What is working for you now [in helping you meet your
teams goals] and what is not working for you now?”

These reveal confidence and a desire to be flexible in
moving into a new environment.

As we have mentioned before, although I have seen some
websites encourage interviewees to ask them, there are
four topics that are “NO ASK” question topics– salary,
benefits (available on web page), promotions and training
available (of course they are going to provide training to
help you be successful!).

Close to these NO ASK questions are questions that seek
the career paths of each person who has held the position.
What they want to evaluate primarily is your suitability for
the current position.  There may be speculation about future
roles, but no one can project a few years down the road
these days.

It does help to ask and learn the next steps in the interview
process and timing.
 

One Response to “Questions to ask in an interview”

  1. site admin Says:


    A solid list of questions to ask at an interview
    tailored to the positions and company are suggested
    in an MSN Careers piece by Selena Dehne.

    (1) Sometimes it is appropriate to ask different people
    the same question, like what do YOU LIKE working
    here?
    (2) However, if the interviewer has already filled you
    in on a topic, as best as they can, it might not be a
    good question to ask. An example of this is “What are
    the next steps in my interview process?” that the
    interviewer is either not the right person to ask (NOT
    THE HIRING MANAGER) or has mentioned the
    time line already.

    It might be fair to clarify information by describing
    things in your own words.

    The key is to show enthusiasm and interest in the
    position….

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