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How to Ask Questions During a Job Interview

Inevitably, at the end of every job interview, the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” It’s not curveball, you know it is coming, yet you find yourself stumped about what to say next. Not asking questions is unacceptable; you’ll seem uninterested. But you don’t want to ask too many questions and come on too strong. What’s a job interviewee to do?

This blog post will give an overview of the best ways to ask questions during and after a job interview. Once you have these principles down pat, you’ll be able to formulate off-the-cuff questions during an interview that help further inform you about the job while simultaneously impressing your interviewer.

1. Don’t be too hasty
You don’t have the job yet, so make sure that your questions reflect that understanding. Never place yourself in the role of employee when speaking because you aren’t one yet! For example, it’s much more appropriate to say, “Does this position entail managerial responsibilities?” than, “Will I be managing people in this position?”

2. Give the interviewer some breathing room
Asking complex, multi-part questions can be confusing and overwhelming to an interviewer and can skew their perception of how the overall interview went. Keep questions concise, and only ask one question at a time.

3. Avoid yes or no questions
Even though you want to keep those questions concise, ideal questions begin an exchange between you and your interviewer. Creating a more natural conversation that grows organically from your questions will make the interviewer feel that you are easy to talk to. Yes or no questions hinder your ability to create a dialogue and should be avoided whenever possible.

4. Keep your subjects broad
If you only ask questions about one topic, you might appear overly-concerned about that aspect of the job. For example, firing off multiple questions about the managerial style of the company may make it seem like you have issues with authority. Ask about a variety of topics.

5. Avoid self-centered inquiries
Your main priority during the interview is to show the potential employer how you can be an asset to their company. Asking questions about benefits, work hours, and vacation time will not give off the right impression. Instead, save these questions for after you’ve secured an offer.

Asking the right questions can make all the difference in an interview. If you keep the above principles in mind, you’ll walk away from the interview well-informed and well-positioned to receive an offer.

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