Intelligent Questions to Ask at an Interview

Companies will judge your intellect, analytical and cognitive skills by the questions you ask during interviews. Therefore, it is important to write down several intelligent questions before the interview. Another reason to prepare intelligent questions is because some interviewers are more reticent. The interviewer may want you to take initiative during the interview. Ask questions in a logical manner, as if they are well planned. Avoid asking questions you can answer by researching the company.

  1. Describe a Typical Day in the Position

    • One intelligent opening question is to ask the interviewer to describe a typical day on the job. Ask what projects you will be working on if you are hired. Your objective in asking about the position is to find projects similar to ones on which you have already worked. If you find a similarity, describe how you can immediately contribute on the job. For example, as a marketing research manager candidate, the interviewer may tell you that you will be managing phone surveys, analyzing data and writing reports. You can then describe how you have successfully managed this type of study in the past. Take time to listen after asking a particular question. Focus on more questions related to projects before moving on to one of your planned questions. Coming up with impromptu questions will demonstrate your ability to think on your feet.

    What Skills are Most Important for Success on the Job?

    • Ask what skills are most important for success in the open position, according to, an online job and reference site. Asking about skills for success is not the same as asking about skills needed for job success. You are demonstrating how much you want to succeed on the job by asking about success traits. Moreover, you can also individually address the necessary skills by relating how you used the skills on past projects.

    How Does Your Company Differ From Competitors?

    • Asking how the interviewer's company differs from competitors can serve several purposes. Immediately, it can get a reticent interviewer talking, which can give you time to prepare your next question. Sometimes, you may lose track of your thoughts in an interview. A question related to competitors temporarily puts the ball in the interviewer's court. Secondly, the competitor question may give the interviewer the impression that they are competing for your services. Hence, the interviewer may find herself selling you on the job instead of vice versa. Additionally, you may learn more about the company's corporate culture from the question about competition.

    What are the Next Steps?

    • Your final question should be about the next steps. Ask this question when the interviewer inquires whether you have any additional questions. Asking about what lies ahead in the interviewing process demonstrates your interest in the job. You may also get an idea of how many people are being considered for the job. The "next step" question will help you allocate your job search efforts. If you are one of two people up for a job, focus your efforts on that particular job.

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