Best Questions To Ask During An Interview

After preparing for an interview it’s always important to consider questions you intend on asking. Prepare questions you can ask throughout the interview to show your interest in the organization and your preparation.  If you have any concerns regarding your answers, it’s always beneficial to ask your interviewer if your response fully answered their question.   

Below are a few examples of questions Senior Account Manager, Kyle Palazzolo recommends asking during an interview:

  •  Not all interviews will give the opportunity to ask questions in the beginning, but if given the chance, you should have some prepared questions specifically about the organization. 

o   For example, ask when the company was established, the company’s mission, and/or other companies/individuals they work with. It’s usually not recommended to discuss compensation or other benefits at this point.   

o   Depending on how open the employer seems, you can begin the interview by asking questions about them. For example, how long they have been working with the company and how they got involved.

  •  Establish whether the position you’re applying for is a new position or has been filled before.

o    If the position is not new, ask the employer what intangibles past employees had that made them a great fit for the position. Or the opposite, what intangibles did previous employees have that limited their success in the position. Once this is discovered it is beneficial to emulate these skills mentioned throughout your interview.   

  •  Have I provided you with enough information that explains how I can deliver value to your team?

o   Similar to this question you can ask ‘Is there anything you would like me to clarify?’  If you feel you did not elaborate enough on a specific skill or experience, ask the employer if they would like you to reiterate the example previously mentioned.

o   If an employer continues to ask similar questions, they may be trying to get you to provide a more in-depth explanation. In all your answers make sure you are providing specific examples that emphasize your skills.

o   After every question asked in an interview, Palazzolo emphasizes, “Time is valuable, so during an interview make sure you are elaborating enough to get your point across but do not ramble.”

  •  What are the next steps in moving forward?

o   You want to determine what the necessary actions are after your interview.

§  When do they plan on making a decision?

§  Are there any further interview steps?

§  How/who will be contacting you back? 

o   Most employers won’t directly tell you they don’t feel you’re a good fit for the position during the interview, but this is a great time to gauge their level of interest in your services.  Some responses can be very positive, while others you may need to ask further questions to make sure there hasn’t been any miscommunication.

“We have several other interviews scheduled, but we’ll be in touch.” 

Usually this response is not positive.  You may need to ask: “Is there anything we discussed today or from my background you feel would prohibit me from being a good fit for the position?”

By remembering these specific questions and asking them throughout your interview you will gain a better understanding of how well your interview went and the next steps in moving forward.