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What are the right questions to ask in an interview? And what questions should you rather avoid?

Job seeker uses all her acesWell, we all know that we should ask something in an interview. It’s a best way to show our interest in the position and the company. The applicant that never asks a single question is rarely chosen for the job.

With a good question we can boost our chances of getting a job significantly. Contrariwise, with the bad one, we can easily experience a moment of embarrassing silence… In this article, I will try to advise you on some good questions to ask the hiring managers and I will also mention some questions you should rather avoid. Lets’ start!


Question 1. Can you tell me something about your company culture?

This is definitely one of the good questions.¬† Employers are typically proud of their companies and like to talk about it. On the top of that, you show your interest for their company. And that also counts at the end of the day…


Number 2. What are the goals of your company in five years time?

Again, this is one of good questions to ask the employers. Every good company has some goals, so you do not have to be worried to inquire about it. And people like to speak about their goals, senior executives especially. You can even evolve the discussion, explaining how you can help them to achieve their goals.


Question 3. What are the biggest achievements of your company?

This is a tricky question. If you are applying for a job in a newly established company, or one that is struggling at the moment, employer may suddenly feel embarrassed. On the other hand, if you checked it before and know about some of their achievements, it would be one of the best interview questions to ask an employer. This is true especially if the person leading your interview has his share on these achievements. Wouldn’t it be a fantastic question then?


Number 4. Tell me something about my colleagues.

This is a tricky question, again. For example, if you were fifty years old and the team consisted of guys in their twenties, you will just draw attention to the fact that you do not suit the collective that well… Therefor it is always better to ask about the culture, that’s much safer.


Question 5. What about your family and the kid?

Believe or not, some people (especially those from Arabic background) ask the employers questions about family. But let’s face it: It’s definitely not a good questions to ask, if you apply for the job in the US or in Europe. You can speak about families and hobbies with your employer later, once you are in a team enjoying a team-building activity together… But try to avoid such questions in an interview.


Question 6. What salary package do you offer to successful candidate?

Remember the following:

Best candidate never asks about salary package. He knows once the employer sees the added value of employing him, the appropriate package will be offered.

Therefor, it’s not a good idea to ask about the salary. Once they like you, they will start talking about it!

Note that you are hired

Number 7. What is the next step of the selection process?

This is much better question than the one with the salary. You can ask it at the end of your interview. It shows your real interest for this particular position and clearly gives an employer the sign that you still want the job, after everything that’s been told in an interview.


Question 8. I read an article on XYZ website, about your speech at that conference in… Can you tell me something more about…?”

This is one of the magical  questions We all like the interest of the others, the recognition of our achievements. If you can find some articles, or even blogs of your recruiter, check it and find something interesting. You can be 100% sure that the interviewer knows about it and 110% sure he is proud of it. Therefor, such question can win you many extra points in the interview, as it compliments the recruiter.

So, that’s it. Do not be afraid of asking the questions in an interview. Choose the right questions and it will help you to get a job. You can have a look at some unique interview tips now. Thank you!

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