Asking Questions in Job Interviews

June 1, 2021 in Career and Job Search Tips, Interview Tips

 

You’ve probably heard the advice that you should ask good questions in job interviews. But what makes for a good question?

  • Ask questions that show you’ve done your homework. Go beyond just checking out the employer’s website; for example, Google may lead you to any media coverage the company has received.
  • Ask questions that demonstrate you are paying attention to and processing what the interviewer has told you throughout the interview.
  • Questions that focus on ways you can succeed and provide value are good. For example, “What does success in this job look like at 90 days? 6 months? 3 years?”
  • Also ask some WIFM questions. (“What’s in it for me?”) For example, “what growth opportunities might I expect?” Or, “I’m accustomed to long hours, but I coach my daughter’s soccer league during the summer. Will I be able to schedule family events like that?”

One last tip. Ask good questions through the interview. But always save a couple for the end. Generally one of the last things an interviewer will ask you is “what questions do you have for me?” A couple of strong final questions (I like “what’s your favorite thing about working here?”) can help end your interview on a very positive note.

This blog was written by George Blomgren, Kinsa Group Recruiting Manager.