6 Smart Job Interview Questions You Should be Asking

Has this happened to you? You’re sitting across from someone who, one day, might be your boss (so you hope). You’re answering his or her questions fully, making fantastic eye contact and sporting a great smile. In other words, you’re nailing it.

Just when you think you’re out of the woods and have the job on lock, the interviewer asks one of the most important questions of the entire hour: Do you have any questions for me? Your blood pressure spikes, your hands get clammy, and you’re thrown into a panic. You were so focused on preparing perfect answers to his or her questions that you forgot to prepare job interview questions of your own.

First and foremost, when an interviewer puts this question out on the table, it’s important not to answer with “no.” Saying you don’t have any questions will cause your seemingly perfect interview to come to a screeching halt. Asking questions is key, and knowing the right ones are vital for three reasons: they confirm your qualifications for the position, show your interest in the company and give you the opportunity to find out more about the company and its culture.

Here are six smart job interview questions to ask in your next interview and why:

1. Who previously held this position?
It’s a straightforward question that has the potential to benefit you greatly. Did the individual get promoted, fired or did he/she quit or retire? This will give you an idea of potential growth opportunities, level of employee happiness as well as the general work atmosphere and demographic of the company.

2. Do you have any reservations about my qualifications?
Such a gutsy question, which makes it a great one to ask. It shows confidence in your skills and abilities, and gives you the opportunity (if they do have any uncertainties), for a second chance to change their mind.

3. What do you enjoy most about working here?
This is a more personal question that allows you to get a peek into what it’s like to work for the company – straight from the boss. If he/she seems hesitant to answer, take it as a warning sign.

4. Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
Note the wording: you’re assuming you will get the job. Confidence aside, this will give you insight as to the type of individuals you’ll be working with day to day and whether you’ll mesh well.

5. Currently, what’s the largest problem facing your staff, and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem?
This question is similar to asking your current boss, “How can I make your job easier?” It shows you’re proactive and considerate of how you can help him/her as well as the team as a whole. Plus, it helps the interviewer envision you in the position.

6. What’s the next step in this process?
No matter the position you’re interviewing for, this is the question you should end with. Always. It gives you an idea of what to expect next so you can prepare and shows your interest in moving along the application process.

Best of luck!

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