Asking Questions in the Interview – SJSU

Published: October 11, 2020 by iSchool Career Advisor

Getting ready for an interview and wondering if it’s worth asking questions?

You definitely want to have pre-prepared questions to ask at the end of the interview. It is customary for the interviewer to turn the table and ask you what questions you have for him. Exit-ready questions illustrate that you have invested thought in this role, that you are interested, involved and ready. Not asking questions sends a negative message to an employer that you are not very interested in the job or that you just did not think about it much.

Interviewers value questions that prove you are interested in the job itself, the job details and the culture of the department and organization in which you will work. I recommend writing down your questions and keeping them in a professional folder during the interview. When it’s time to ask your questions, you can open the folder and be ready to go.

Here are some questions you might want to ask about the job. You will not have time to ask all of these so you will have to choose the questions that are most important to you.

  • What are the biggest challenges a person will face in this role?
  • How does this role fit into the organizational structure?
  • Describe a typical day or week on the job.
  • Describe some projects or tasks that this person will work on.
  • What will a successful first year in the job look like?
  • How will the person’s success in this role be measured?
  • How would you describe the culture of the company?
  • Where did the person who played this role go?
  • How would you describe your management style?
  • What is your timeline in making a recruitment decision and returning candidates?

Happy interview!

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