What Questions to Ask in an Interview

Posted 08/16/19 Luke Crosby

Can you believe that there is a record-setting 6.6 million job openings this year? With more job openings, the possibility of landing an interview for your next position is even higherMany interviewees fear the dreaded question during the interview, “Do you have any questions?” Asking questions during your interview shows engagement and dedication to the company you’re applying for. So, what questions should you and should you not ask? We’re here to help.

What questions should you ask the interviewer?

The types of questions you ask in an interview setting should revolve around both the company, the role you are interviewing for, and illustrate genuine interest. The best questions will get the interviewer engaged in the conversation and will allow you to lean in to learn more about them and the organization. Questions such as, “Why did you decide to join ABC company” or “What has made you stay with the company,” will give you a chance to learn more about the interviewer and what’s important to them from a culture standpoint. Questions that are geared towards professional expectations such as, “What would a successful first 90 days in this role look like to you,” give you an understanding about how they define success and necessary skills needed.

This leads me to the most important questions of the interview and is what I like to call – your closing questions. These questions such as, “Do I meet the expected criteria for the role” and “What are any hesitations or concerns you might have that I can clarify for you,” can not only give you an insight as to where you stand, but also give you a chance to clarify a question they may have about an area of your background. These questions also show your perspective employer that you are comfortable asking for feedback and therefore will be coachable.  

What questions should you avoid asking in an interview?

I am a firm believer that there are no “bad questions,” but rather topics to be avoided initially in the interview process. The biggest topic to avoid is compensation and benefits. The employer will most likely ask you about your desired compensation, so come prepared and be honest in what you are looking for. Steer away from asking about benefits as the interview should be about you, the role, and the company you are considering joining. While benefits are an important piece of your decision, they can be easier acquired from the company’s HR team.   

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

An interview is the first step in potentially landing the role. If they’ve already looked at your resume and offered you an interview, you have won half the battle. Asking good questions that will help you learn about the company, and what you will be doing daily, proves you are interested, engaged, and the person they want to hire. Don’t be afraid to ask questions as you are evaluating their team just as much as they are evaluating you.

Luke Crosby sits on Vaco Orlando’s team and is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the staffing and recruiting industry. He is skilled in Sales, Executive Search, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Team Building, and Technical Recruiting.