Asking Good Questions Just Might Land You the Job

A job interview can be extremely intimidating.

Preparing properly, however, can greatly increase your confidence! If you’re like most job seekers, you probably think of the “usual suspects” when it comes to prepping for a job interview:

  • updating and reviewing your resume, to make sure everything is in order;
  • rehearsing answers to standard interview questions;
  • practicing your “elevator pitch” – a 30-second summary of why you’re the best candidate for the job;
  • contacting and preparing your references, so they’re ready to give you a great recommendation;
  • driving the route to your interview location, so you know where to park and how much time to allow for the commute.

One thing many candidates fail to prepare, is a list of questions to ask the interviewer. The truth is, an interviewer actually wants you to ask questions! Asking good questions:

  • gives the interviewer a chance to learn more about you and your potential fit for the job;
  • provides insight into your level of preparedness for the interview;
  • conveys your enthusiasm for the position.

In other words, asking good questions just might land you the job – that is, if you ask the right ones. Customize this starter list from PrideStaff to showcase your knowledge, demonstrate your preparedness and interest in the job, and let your personality shine:

  • Why is this job available? On the surface, this question seems simple enough, but the answer can provide important clues about the company’s environment and performance. Make note of whether the position is: newly created; available because the previous job holder was promoted; or vacant because the company struggles with turnover.
  • What is the company culture like? Consider whether or not the corporate culture will align with your personal values and likely support your success.
  • What is the next step in the hiring process? In addition to helping you manage post-interview anxiety, this question unequivocally conveys your interest in the position.
  • What qualities are you looking for in the ideal candidate? As the interviewer responds, make note of the skills, experience or personal characteristics which you possess. Once he or she is finished, point out these qualities, citing examples.


Need more interview preparation help? 

First, read this earlier post on avoiding the pre-interview waiting room jitters.

Then, register with PrideStaff. When you come in, you’ll interview with an employment expert in a low-stress environment.  You can practice your interview skills and get pointers on how to ask great questions during the interview. 

We know that looking for work can be stressful, and we’re here to ensure that you don’t just search, but succeed.  Contact the PrideStaff office in your area to find out more about great local job opportunities.