5 Questions You SHOULD Be Asking While Interviewing

I bet you didn’t know summer is one of the best times to apply for jobs. Typically, no matter the industry, summer means a quieter office, budget planning for the upcoming fiscal year, AND most importantly– hiring managers actually having time to review applications.

SO! Once you find a job you’re interested in…submit your well written resume, and get that interview (because of course you will)..then comes the daunting part—preparation! If you’re not prepping and researching before a job interview WHAT exactly are you doing?

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Yes the employer is interviewing you, but YOU are also interviewing them. You want to make sure they fit with YOUR goals and aspirations,  YOUR interests. I feel like a lot of people get caught up with trying to cater to the job when it really should be the other way around. Make them need you once that interview is over. With that being said, here’s a list of questions you most definitely should ask during your next interview.

 

  1. What immediate projects will I focus on within the next 3 months?
  2. What challenges would someone in this role face? (Be sure to address how you will turn those into opportunities) 
  3. Can you describe the team culture/work environment in 3 words?
  4. What is your favorite thing about working for this company?
  5. What are the next steps in the interview process?

*Bonus* 5 Things to Know from Research/Job Description:

  1. Company reviews (these can be extreme but still helpful)
  2. Skills & experience needed for the role (mention keywords in the interview!)
  3. How long the hiring manager/team has been with the company (high turnover is a red flag!)
  4. Company mission/values (incorporate this in your interview as well, without being too obvious)
  5. Recent news articles (mention in interview, makes you look good & in the know!)

 

Once you have all this information gathered– you can confidently go in and kill the interview! Don’t forget to send a follow-up email after too!I hope these tips bring you positive results during your job hunt– and remember, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a job. Just means it wasn’t for you (no time wasted-AMEN.)Ask for feedback, learn from it, and keep it moving! Good luck and feel free to let me know how your experience went in the comments section below 🙂

4 Comments
  • Kriezl Ypil
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    May 14, 2018

    Great post, Jalisa! I love the 5th bullet, “What are the next steps in the interview process?”. It shows your confidence in moving to the next steps and setting expectations.

  • May 14, 2018

    Loved this, insightful and I love the perspective you offered of making sure a job fits “your goals and your interests”

  • Sauce Gawd
    Reply
    May 14, 2018

    Great post. Keep up the great work 🤙🏾

  • May 15, 2018

    This is so true!!! I just completed my season of jon haunting (secured the bag) and all of these questions were apart of my process and very helpful! I also did extensive research that mentioned prior to the interview.

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