When preparing for interviews most people worry about five things: their resume, cover letter, how they will dress, researching the company they are interviewing with, and preparing to answer the various questions they will be asked. These are all important things you should definitely do when preparing for an interview, but you should also prepare a list of 3-5 questions to ask the interviewer.
Most interviews will have a time for you to ask questions, and if you do not have any questions prepared it may be difficult to think of any off the top of your head. You may then end up sitting there in an awkward silence until you either think of something to ask or you simply give up and say you have no questions. Both of those are scenarios that you don’t want to end up in because it looks more professional when you have at least some questions to ask. This is why it is important to bring well prepared and thoughtful questions to the interview that shows the interviewer that you came prepared and did your research, especially if you ask questions directly about something you found when researching the company you are interviewing with. Asking questions will also keep the conversation between you and the interviewer going, which will give you more time to make a good impression on the interviewer.
Good questions to ask in an interview:
- What are the typical duties of this position?
- How many people work in the department or company?
- Is there travel required for this position, if yes, how much?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
Here is a great article that has a list of good and bad questions to ask at an interview. Use this resource as a guide and try to come up with your own creative questions to ask. If you are having problems thinking of questions or preparing for an interview you can also look at the Career Handbook or make an appointment with a Career Counselor and we can help you!
Of Possible Interest:
- Interviewing – all our blog posts on the topic
- Interview Like a Pro – our Pinterest board filled with articles & resources