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Probing questions to ask employers during an interview

Veronica C. | August 2, 2012

One of the most important skills you can master for any interview is succinctly answering a hiring manager’s questions. However, a successful interview shouldn’t be entirely about you and your experience – you should be ready to ask a few questions of your own. Here are some topics to address with potential employers towards the end of an interview.

What do you see for the future of this organization?
This question works on a number of levels. To start, it shows that you’re interested in how your interviewer views his or her own company. In addition, the question demonstrates that you’re already considering where the company will be moving and how that relates to your own experience – a trait that many employers look for in employees who can advance company goals and successes.

How did you come to work here?
Once again, engaging your potential employer on a personal level goes a long way in making yourself seem a more likeable candidate. In general, people love talking about themselves, so you’ll have earned major points by inquiring about their personal interests and past professional history.

What is a typical day like?
You’ve probably spent most of the interview discussing the company as a whole and the major responsibilities of the position you’re applying for, but asking this question will provide you with a more concrete example of the job description. You can get a sense of your daily tasks, who you’ll be working with and whether you’re even interested in holding such a position.

 

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