Before a job interview, it is good to always have a few questions in your head.
It is important that you do not randomly conjure questions from the top hat. Asking the wrong questions can come across as silly and unprofessional.
Your questions should be thoughtful and intelligent. They must also demonstrate that you are serious about the role you want to fulfill in the company where you are applying.
Below is an overview of nine questions that will help you to appear smart during a job interview.
1. Apart from the professional skills associated with this position, what are social skills that are a good fit for this company and position?
Smart people know exactly what they are getting into.
Knowing which skills are important to a company will give you a better idea of the company culture and management. That way you can better determine whether you fit somewhere or not, says Amy Hoo, CEO of the American recruitment website Talent Zoo.
2. To what extent are the core values you stand for reflected in the organization? What in particular should you be working on?
This is a polite way of asking where the company could improve. That’s important to know before you start anywhere.
In doing so, you also show that you are proactive and eager to learn more about the company, says Peter Harrison, CEO of the American employment agency Snagajob.
3. How do you rate success?
It is important to know how companies deal with success and above all: when does a company think that you are successful?
That way you can estimate a bit about your career options at the company and check whether they are in line with your own expectations.
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4. How do you help the team to grow?
You show that you want to grow with the company.
This question is especially important if you are going to be paid by the hour. This is expensive for companies and they want someone who cares about the long term.
5. What type of people are successful here? What skills are most important to succeed here?
With this question you show that you are concerned with your own future and you will find out if you are suitable for the position.
“When the interviewer outlines what the ideal person looks like, you should recognize yourself in this,” said Vicky Oliver, author of the book 301 Answers to Tough Interview Questions.
6.That is essential for the future of a company.
7. What problems is the company currently facing? And how are you going to solve these problems?
You will always get a response to this. There is a good chance that the interviewer will have an opinion about this. You also get a good idea of someone’s personality.
8. What have my predecessors done to succeed in this position?
With this question you get an answer to the question in a different way: how does a company determine whether you are successful?
9. Where will this company be in three years’ time and how can the person getting this job help with that?
This shows that you have “the big picture” in mind and that you want to work for the company for a long time.
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