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The Most Important Thing to do During an Interview - Ask Great Questions

by Sheba Karamat - 21st October 2013

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Every good interviewer will give you the opportunity to ask some questions during the interview. This is a huge opportunity for you to show that you have spent time researching the company and the job. More importantly, it gives you a chance to show the interviewer that you are prepared and have come armed with some intelligent questions that will make you stand out from all the other applicants being interviewed.

Here are ten great questions you can use or make your own on your next job interview:

  1. Why has the position become available?
  2. How can I best contribute to your department's goals?
  3. What are the measures used to judge how successful I am in the role?
  4. What are three ways I can contribute to the company beyond the job description?
  5. How do you see me best contributing to the corporate culture and morale?
  6. What is your vision for where the company or department will be in one year? In 3-5 years?
  7. How can I best help you and the team succeed?
  8. What can I expect from you in terms of development and support?
  9. What is the best thing about working for your company?
  10. How would you describe the company culture and management style?

Of course, the more research you do in advance, the more you can ask specific questions about the company's recent news, blog posts, product launches and plans. But here's the bottom line:

Ask questions that demonstrate genuine interest in the organisation and how you can fit in to their success.

Remember, job interviewing is a two-way-street! By asking questions, you can get a much better sense of the organisation you're interviewing at, and the extent to which you'd even want to work there.

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