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5 Interview questions you should be asking

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Let’s face it; job interviews can be extremely intimidating. Oftentimes, you’re so intent on giving the right replies and acting appropriately, that you forget to do one very important thing — ask questions. It might not seem like that big of deal, but in reality, it’s a great way to affirm that you absolutely want the job. Here are five questions that you should definitely plan to ask during your next job interview:

1) What’s your management style like?

This is an important question to ask, especially if you’re being interviewed by your potential supervisor. Do they go for more of a hands-off approach? Or are they actively involved in every single step? This will help you decide if your particular style of tackling a project will fit with this company.

2) What’s the company culture like?

By asking this question, you can find out about the dress code, rules on punctuality and attendance, proper conduct, and most importantly, how the company views its employees. Is the company more of a revolving door, with employees only staying for a short time period? Or does the company do its best to hang on to its employees by offering unique benefits?

3) Can you give me a few examples of the kinds of projects that I might be working on?

This is your opportunity to shine. Once your potential supervisor starts listing tasks, you can discuss all of the reasons (i.e. work experience) why you’d be able to accomplish them all relatively easily. This is also a good time to ask questions about techniques, available resources, and so on.

4) If I decided to take this position, what would you like to see me accomplish in the next 6 months?

This is a great way of showing that you’re 100 percent committed to being successful at this job. Also, if you have any ideas on tasks or goals that you’d like to see accomplished, this question will serve as an excellent jumping off point to discussing your ideas.

5) What’s the next step?

It may seem simple, but by asking this question, it shows that you’re eager to get started. Also, you can follow up this question by asking for your interviewer’s business card, so you can make sure to stay in touch and follow up at a later date.


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    I want share some my ideals. Here are some of the best questions to consider asking:

    What are the company’s objectives and how well are they doing hitting them in the last two year? Ask this question of all the people you interview with at the company to see whether everyone in the company understands the company goals. Do they understand them in the same way? This is a reflection of company communication.If the past predicts the future, does the performance in the last two years indicate success in the future? If there have been issues in the past two years, a good follow up question would be to ask what the company is doing to change that trend.
    What is it like to work here? A variation on this question is to ask how you would describe the culture here. Listen for consistency in the answers. Does it sound like the people are engaged with the mission and enjoy working there? Listen for descriptions that match your goals. You want to be happy with the people you work with and the company culture.
    What are the three top goals for this job in the first 90 days? Listen for whether they have thought this through. If they can’t give a clear answer and seem unclear on the priorities, it is unlikely this will change when you start work. The answer to this question could give you insight into whether the expectations are reasonable. If the answers are inconsistent, ask for more clarification on the important issues.
    What is the biggest obstacle the person in this job will face? The answer will give you clues about what it is like to work there. You are looking for some perspective about problems they might not ordinarily discuss.
    Thinking of the person who held this position most recently, what made his/her performance outstanding? You want some idea of who you are following. If the person was fabulous, you can pick up tips to help your success, like how to get along, office politics, and office work ethic. If the person was awful, what can you do to avoid problems so you are successful?