Good Questions

QUESTIONS TO EXPECT

Here are some questions that you may expect at the interview. Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. Think about why they are asking these questions. 

  • Why are you applying for this job at this company?
  • Why did you leave your last job? 
  • Tell me about yourself? (try to hold your response to 2 minutes) 
  • What do you know about our company? 
  • Why should we hire you? 
  • What can you do for us that someone else can't? 
  • What do you look for in a job? 
  • What skills and qualifications are essential for success in this position?
  • How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution? 
  • How does this assignment fit into your overall career plan? 
  • Describe your management style?
  • What do you believe is the most difficult part of being a supervisor?
  • Why are you looking for a new career? 
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • How would your boss describe you? 
  • How would you describe yourself? 
  • What do you think of your present or past boss? 
  • What were the five most significant accomplishments in your last assignment?
  • What were the five most significant accomplishments in your career so far? 
  • Can you work well under deadlines or pressure? 
  • How much do you expect if we offer you this position? 
  • Why do you want to work for us? 
  • Have you kept up in your field with additional training? 
  • What are your career goals? 
  • What are your strong points? 
  • What are your weak points?  

ASK QUESTIONS

  • One of the most important aspects of nailing an interview is being able to interact and ask questions that are relevant to the position and the company’s business. This shows your  interest in the position and gives the interviewer more insight to your knowledge. Sometimes you may ask a relevant question that the interviewer may not know the answer to. This could work to your advantage as long as it is done in a courteous fashion without trying to make the interviewer look foolish. If you can pull this off then this would be another great tool to use. If you are unsure of how to do this, do not do it as it could backfire and work against the intended outcome. 
  • Asking questions is a great way to show the hiring manager that you are listening, interested, and eager to be part of the company.  Make sure to ask questions that may eventually benefit you at the end. For example you can ask “What are some of the more difficult problems one would have to face in this position?” Once the hiring manager answers "some of the problems are XYZ", then if possible you can reply by saying "I actually faced XYZ in my previous position and I solved them by doing so and so". Also make sure not to ask too many questions because most hiring managers are on a time restrictions, and the last thing you want to do is irritant the person that is making the decision on if you get the job or not.  
  • Other questions you may want to ask are:
    • What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job? 
    • What is most pressing? What would you like to have done in the next 3 months? 
    • What are some of the long-term objectives you would like to see completed? 
    • How is one evaluated in this position? 
    • What accounts for success within the company?

QUESTIONS NOT TO ASK

  • Do not ask personal questions directed towards the interviewer.
  • Do not ask about monetary compensation until the interviewer asks or poses the question. All monetary related questions including salary, benefits etc. should be left off the table as this is a clue to the interviewer that you are more concerned about the monetary benefits than in doing the job.
  • Asking questions is always a good thing, but make sure your questions will not hurt you when the hiring manager is making a decision or comparing you with another candidate. 
  • Some questions not to ask are:
    • Do not ask about relocation 
    • Do not ask about vacation
    • Do not ask about schedule change 
    • Do not ask if you got hired 
    • Do not ask about benefits