Updated: Sep 28
“Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers” - Robert Half
The art of asking questions, when mastered, is a sure-shot way to ace your interview (you can read more about how to ace your interviews here ). An interview, like most other means of communication, is just a conversation. And in order to get hired, you need to make sure it is an interesting conversation.
Why should I ask questions?
The process of interviewing can be very tiring. Not just for you, but especially for the hiring manager who has to do it over and over again. So how do you help to make this stressful experience enjoyable for both parties? By including the often passive hiring manager in the interview. Don’t just have the hiring manager ask you question after question but use this opportunity to learn more about them and the company and give them the chance to present themselves to you, too. Don’t wait until the interview is finished to ask your questions, go ahead and ask them a question related to something they just asked, or an answer you gave them.
How do I ask the correct questions?
You should prepare a list of questions before you attend each interview. To keep the interviewer engaged and make sure it is an equal conversation, you should pose their questions right back at them. For instance, if they ask you, “Why do you think this company is the best fit for you?” You can answer using our special storytelling technique and at the end, you can ask the interviewer what their reason for joining the company was, and if those reasons are still present today, after all this time working there. You will receive interesting answers, and also gain an insight into the atmosphere at that company.
An absolute MUST ask is the following question at the end of an interview: What are the next steps of the interview process? Asking this question allows you to gauge if you have a realistic chance to land the job, or not. If there are concerns, they will mention it and you have a chance to tackle it. Asking this question will also allow you to tailor your follow-ups accordingly. For example, if they say as a next step you will be meeting our General Manager. Great! Connect with the GM the next day on LinkedIn and let him know that you hope to meet him in person soon. You can read our blog about post-interview etiquette here .
For a complete list of questions you should ask and more such tips, you can watch the video specially created by us for this topic.
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