Matthews & Stephens Associates Career Resource Center: Asking the Questions

Career Resource Center

Asking the Questions

Asking questions
As part of the interview, you should ask relevant questions to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the company, the role of the position and the overall opportunity. The more you learn, the better prepared you will be to excel in the next meeting. Interviewers can be as impressed with your choice of questions as your experience and skill set. Develop your list of questions and be prepared when the interviewer asks for your questions. If you are extended an offer, you will be in a stronger position to negotiate compensation and make the final decision to accept or decline.

Tips for asking impressive questions

List of typical questions
The questions you ask indicate your level of knowledge and experience. Twenty prepared questions should be a good start. You will most likely not have an opportunity to ask all of them, at the first meeting, but, by preparing a diverse list of questions, you will be able to follow whatever direction the conversation takes. You will want to ask company and position-specific questions, as well as some general ones. Sometimes repeat what you believe to be the gist of the answer in an intelligent way after the interviewer is done. This will help them to see that you understand and are processing it rather than just mechanically asking a list of questions. This will also help you to remember what is important and get any clarifications if necessary.

Impressive questions to ask

Specific managerial-style questions
Employees who are genuinely happy on the job more frequently have positive working relationships with their respective managers. If mutual respect and open communication exists between an employee and their manager, the employee will most often thrive in their career. While interviewing, you can determine that you and your potential manager will be a good match by asking questions related to their managerial style and company practices. You can learn a lot by the way the potential manager answers the questions you present to them. If they welcome your questions and take the time to answer them completely, they may be the kind of manager who strives to improve their working relationships and encourage the growth and development of their employees.

“How did you come to work at the company, and do you enjoy working here?” Asking this type of question can provide insight into a manager’s background, early career and may reveal what their professional goals and aspirations are. A manager who seems genuinely happy and committed to the company and its mission will likely have employees who generally feel the same way.


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