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How to Ask Job Interview Questions that Will Impress Employers

By Edited Apr 22, 2014 1 1

Are you going for job interviews, giving all the right answers to job interview questions, but have failed to pique the interest of potential employers? One way to establish yourself as a strong candidate is to prove your interest in the position by asking your future employers thoughtful questions. This is more powerful than simply saying "I really want and need this job." So if you want to know how to ask job interview questions that will impress employers, and prove your commitment to the job, read on.

Search for answers BEFORE the interview. You don't want to ask a question that you could have answered by doing a little homework, such as the size of the company or their mission statement. Learn what you can beforehand by taking notes while you are doing your online job search. Then casually drop it into the conversation, such as, "I understand your educational philosophy is children first, so what math program do you use in order to differentiate instruction for students' varying needs." This is a more thoughtful question than simply asking for their mission statement.

Create a list of questions beforehand. To create this list, first write down everything you want to know that you were unable to find the answers to (but see warnings below). Then, write things that you think your future employer would want to share with you. For example, asking about their involvement in the community allows them to "brag" a little, so they leave feeling like the recruiting process with you was a good experience, as well as informing you.

Bring your list with you to the interview.  Then, wait until then end when you are asked, "Do you have any questions?" It is fine to refer to a written list at this point in the interview. Start with a flattering question, such as, "How would you describe your management style?" People usually like to talk about themselves, and this is a professional question that will engage your future boss.

Ask questions in order of importance to you. This way if you notice the interviewer looking at the clock, or appearing fatigued, you can gracefully let them know they have answered everything for now. Remember, for you, the goal of the interview is for them to have a positive impression of you. You can get the remainder of your questions answered once they offer you the job. Good luck!

More Tips:
Do not ask about salary, hours, or vacations during the interview. These are questions you ask after the interview, once you are called back and offered the job. It is poor business etiquette to ask before you are offered the job, because while they are still recruiting this appears presumptive, rather than confident.



May 18, 2011 9:05am
I was so impressed with this article about how to ask job interview questions that I printed it out for one of my daughters who is looking for a job ... and I also "liked" it on Facebook. Great information.
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